Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz accused Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu
on Thursday of taking revenge against him for voting against the cabinet
decision to release more than 100 Palestinian terrorists from Israeli
Katz wrote on his Facebook page that Netanyahu decided to punish
him for the vote by removing Infrastructure from the official name of his
ministry, which is Transportation, Infrastructure, and Preventing Traffic
Accidents. Energy and Water Minister Silvan Shalom's ministry used to be called
National Infrastructure but it was changed to Energy and Water during Uzi
Landau's tenure as minister and then Katz added Infrastructure to his ministry's
Next Sunday the cabinet will vote to return Infrastructure to the
ministry of Shalom, who has gotten closer to Netanyahu in recent months. But the
responsibilities of the two ministers will remain exactly the same.
voted against releasing murderers and argued with the prime minister and now the
punishment has come," Katz wrote. "I intend to continue voting against releasing
murderers of Jews. I will also continue to lead revolutions in infrastructure
and reforms as I did until now." Katz and Netanyahu are expected to speak next
week at an event celebrating this week's opening of the rebuilt Golani junction
in the lower Galilee, a project led by Katz.
denied that the name change had anything to do with Katz's vote on the prisoner
release. They said he was told of the decision before the vote. But they did say
that relations between Netanyahu and Shalom have improved. Shalom praised
Netanyahu at the minister's annual pre-Rosh Hashana toast for his supporters in
Ramat Gan Wednesday night.
"Sometime you have to grit your teeth," Shalom
said "You have to let the prime minister lead and give him support."
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