Netanyahu admits he made Bennett defense minister for political reasons

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says openly that he appointed Yamina party leader Naftali Bennett as defense minister for the purpose of preventing the latter from joining forces with Blue and White leader Benny Gantz.

The admission comes during a campaign event streamed online.

Netanyahu says that after previous elections, Gantz tried to build a coalition by luring several MKs from Netanyahu’s religious right-wing bloc of supporters. He doesn’t name them, asking the crowd to “guess” who they are, but then leaves no room for doubt.

“I thought I need to make a swift move,” he says. “I appointed a defense minister.”

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