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In recordings, Shaked lashes out at coalition partners Lapid, Gantz

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked arrives at the new government's first weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunan / AFP)
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked arrives at the new government's first weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, on June 20, 2021. (Emmanuel Dunan / AFP)

In recordings aired by Channel 12 news, Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked, a close political ally of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, lashes out at their coalition partners amid recent tensions.

The network says the comments by Shaked, the No. 2 in Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party, were recorded in recent days. It was not specified with whom she was speaking or in what context, or whether she was aware she was being recorded.

Shaked can be heard calling Foreign Minister Yair Lapid “shallow” and claiming Bennett is constantly having to sweep up after him.

“Every week Lapid does a ‘terror attack’ and Naftali comes to the rescue. Every week, and no one knows,” she says.

“He did this like three times — with the Jordanians, with the Americans and with… and Naftali came to the rescue, unequivocally,” Shaked adds.

It was not clear what she was referring to, and Shaked herself said the incidents were kept under wraps, according to the TV report.

(From left to right) Defense Minister Benny Gantz, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and Prime Minister Naftali Bennett at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on August 2, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

She also takes swipes at Defense Minister Benny Gantz, who she says is “even worse than Lapid.”

The network also quotes Shaked on the rotation agreement that will see Lapid take over as premier in 2023, but doesn’t air a recording of those remarks.

“I have no comment about that. I don’t know what will be. It depends if there’s a crisis or not. We’ll see,” she reportedly said.

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