Gantz, Lapid tear into Ben Gvir for blaming opposition for security deterioration

Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on April 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool)
Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir arrives for a cabinet meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on April 2, 2023. (Olivier Fitoussi/Pool)

National Unity chair Benny Gantz and Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid tear into National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir after the latter claimed the opposition was “encouraging our enemies to start a military conflict against us.”

Gantz says the far-right national security’s remarks show that he’s “completely lost his marbles.”

“There has never been a cabinet minister who talked so much about security and understood so little,” Gantz says.

Ben Gvir in his original post said he was considering leaving the government over its failure to respond forcefully enough to Palestinian terror while insisting that he would support it from the opposition and would not allow the coalition to collapse.

In his own response post, Lapid writes, “On this sad day, a few hours after the murder of two young sisters, the TikTok affairs minister Ben Gvir chooses to publish a wretched and whiny post in which he is only running away from responsibility and looking for culprits for the failures with his name on them. I don’t want to think about what he would say about this failed government if he was in the opposition.”

Lapid has repeatedly mocked Ben Gvir as the “TikTok affairs minister” for the national security minister’s active social media presence, though Lapid has been found to post more on the video service app than Ben Gvir does.

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