Former interior minister Gideon Sa'ar..
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Former Likud minister Gideon Sa’ar took his criticism of the government up a notch Saturday night, saying it is not seriously fighting the current wave of terrorism.
Sa’ar pointed out on Twitter that Saturday’s terrorist attack in Ra’anana was committed by someone who illegally entered sovereign Israel.
“When will the all-talk government start seriously taking care of those who enter illegally, and effectively close the [Palestinian] Authority’s territory?” he wrote.
Sa’ar, who was seen by many in the Likud as a potential eventual heir to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, announced that he was taking a break from politics over a year ago, before the most recent election was called.
Since then, there have been sporadic rumors of a comeback.
The former education and interior minister has been working for a law firm and the Institute for National Security Studies, making occasional speeches, some critical of the government.
Zionist Union spokesman Yair Paz, a former adviser to Sa’ar, released a very similar statement on Saturday night, calling the government “all chatter.”
“The terrorist attack carried out this evening in Ra’anana by someone who entered the country illegally is further proof of the inability of the rightright- right-wing Bibi-Bennett government to defend the citizens of Israel,” the party stated.
“The all-chatter government pretends to legislate and shouts loudly, but is weak on defense.
“The proof is that this is a government that is unable to give the instructions to enforce the law in order to defend the security of the citizens of Israel.
Netanyahu must go home,” the Zionist Union wrote.
Paz denied any connection between his statement and Sa’ar’s, calling the similarities a coincidence.