Launching party, Ya’alon says leadership crisis rivals that of Yom Kippur War

Former defense minister and IDF chief of staff Moshe Ya’alon launches his Telem party’s campaign after breaking away from Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid, arguing that the current leadership “chaos” in Israel rivals the 1973 Yom Kippur War, when the government and security establishment were thoroughly unprepared by the simultaneous invasion of several Arab armies.

“Israel is going through a severe leadership crisis, the worst we’ve known, because the prime minister is in a serious conflict of interest with the State of Israel,” Ya’alon charges at a press conference.

“He denied us a state budget, he is thwarting the appointment of law enforcement officials, he is taking the national agenda hostage to his interests as a criminal defendant,” he adds.

He says the Netanyahu era is “over,” says more people will join his centrist, anti-Netanyahu party, and calls for unity despite the center-left political parties being more fragmented than ever.

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