Lapid criticizes government for ‘abandoning’ southern Israel in favor of north

Opposition figure Yair Lapid accuses the government of “abandoning the south” as it launches an operation against Hezbollah in the north.

“The operation in the north doesn’t justify the abandonment of the south,” the Yesh Atid party leader tells the Ynet news site. “Israel knows how to care for children in Sderot just like it knows how to care for children in Metullah; it doesn’t have to be one at the expense of the another.”

Lapid criticizes the acceptance last month of a ceasefire with the Hamas terror group in Gaza last month, saying Israel should be fighting in Gaza in parallel with the operation on the Lebanon border.