Public diplomacy minister tells fellow Likud member to ‘bite me, retard’ at cabinet meeting

This composite image shows Likud ministers Galit Distel Atbaryan (L) and Gila Gamliel in 2023. (Tomer Neuberg and Yonatan Sindel/Flash90
This composite image shows Likud ministers Galit Distel Atbaryan (L) and Gila Gamliel in 2023. (Tomer Neuberg and Yonatan Sindel/Flash90

Public Diplomacy Minister Galit Distel Atbaryan reportedly called Intelligence Minister Gila Gamliel “a retard” during a heated exchange at today’s cabinet meeting.

Hebrew media says the shouting match began when Distel Atbaryan told Gamliel to “sit quietly” after the latter spoke up in support of Agriculture Minister Avi Dichter. Dichter was complaining that the coalition deals between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party and the far-right Otzma Yehudit faction were harming his ministerial work.

Dichter, Gamliel and Distel Atbaryan are all members of Likud.

“Excuse me, don’t get involved at all,” Gamliel retorted.

In response, Distel Atbaryan is widely quoted saying, “Bite me, you retard. No one in Likud likes you.”

Gamliel then said she wanted that in writing, whereupon Distel Atbaryran reportedly continued to berate her.

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