Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon.
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Former defense minister Moshe Yaalon issued a withering attack on Tuesday on the current government, and implicitly against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing it of fanning hatred within Israeli society and lacking the courage to make hard decisions.
Speaking at a conference of the Institute for National Security Studies, Yaalon gave a speech about the duties and responsibilities of leadership, none to subtly hinting that the current leadership of the country, and the prime minister in particular, is not fit for purpose.
The former defense minister argued that the residents of the Amona settlement outpost should have been told by the government from the start that their homes could not be retroactively legalized.
He also denounced the Settlements Arrangements Law to legalize almost 4,000 settlement homes built on private Palestinian land, accusing the government of adopting this path because it was the popular thing to do.
“Leadership would not use political manipulation and vote for the Settlements Arrangements Law, which they had said before hand is illegal and would lead us to the International Criminal Court for war crimes in the Hague,” noted Yaalon, a direct reference to Netanyahu’s comments against the bill, which nevertheless was approved in its first Knesset reading.
He also accused the government of ducking hard decisions, leaving them to the Supreme Court, and then attacking the Supreme Court for its subsequent decisions.
“Leadership doesn’t cast of responsibility to the Supreme Court not over Amona or the Drainoff [apartment buildings] in Beit El and then afterwards incite the public against the court. That’s not leadership, it’s cheap and dangerous politics,” the former Defense Minister declared.
“Leadership does not try and unite the nation by scaring people about external threats. Leadership needs to unit the people by integrating all sectors of society, and not of delegitimisation and hatred of one to the other.”
And Yaalon also referenced the ongoing police investigations into Netanyahu saying the country “needs leadership which isn’t being investigated, saying that the public could not have trust in such politicians.
“We need leadership that unites, that acts to reduce the gaps [in society] to strengthen the periphery and the weak, to strengthen the family unit. We need new leadership which we can trust and believe in.”