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Lapid reportedly bristled at Bennett’s use of term ‘Arab terror’ after Bnei Brak attack

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) attend a departure ceremony for an Israeli delegation flying out to set up a field hospital in Ukraine at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 21, 2022. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid (L) attend a departure ceremony for an Israeli delegation flying out to set up a field hospital in Ukraine at Ben Gurion Airport, on March 21, 2022. (Marc Israel Sellem/Pool/Flash90)

Foreign Minister Yair Lapid rejected to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s use of the term “Arab terror” in a statement last night following the latest deadly attack over the past week, Channel 12 news reports.

Lapid, who also holds the post alternate prime minister as part of his power-sharing agreement with Bennett, raised the issue during a security assessment last night after the shooting attack in Bnei Brak.

“We need to maintain restraint. It’s not right to use terms like ‘Arab terror.’ The Americans are condemning and the Palestinians will also condemn,” Lapid is quoted as saying.

Bennett retorted that condemnations “are nice” but not enough, according to the network.

“Actions are needed. They should stop paying the salaries of terrorists who murder Jews. I’ll be more moved by that than condemnations,” the premier reportedly said, referring to the controversial Palestinian Authority policy.

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