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Likud MK Danon says criticism of negligent handling of Hamas tunnels led to ouster

ByGIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 28, 2014 20:19

Likud MK Danny Danon lost his job as deputy defense minister because he could not stay silent following intelligence reports on tunnels leading from the Gaza Strip to southern communities, he revealed for the first time to The Jerusalem Post Sunday.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired Danon on July 15 following statements the MK released that Netanyahu saw as overly critical of his handling of Operation Protective Edge. Danon issued the statements after a security cabinet decision to accept an Egyptian-brokered cease-fire with Hamas that preceded the IDF's limited ground invasion into the Gaza Strip.

“From the information I was privy to as deputy defense minister, it was clear to me the tunnel threat was serious and imminent,” Danon said. “The approach of avoiding the threat or delaying dealing with it was unacceptable to me. The minute the cabinet approved this poor decision - the current government's worse - I decided to speak out strongly in order to change it.”

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