The political alliance between Naftali Bennett, the economy minister and the chairman of the Bayit Yehudi party, and Yair Lapid, the finance minister who heads the secularist Yesh Atid movement, appears to be unraveling.

According to Army Radio, Bennett referred to Lapid as a “dictator” at a political event in Petah Tikva on Thursday. An audio of Bennett’s statements was played on Army Radio Sunday morning.

“We are a diverse party with many viewpoints, not a dictatorship like Yesh Atid or [Avigdor] Liberman[‘s Yisrael Beytenu],” Bennett is heard saying. “[Yesh Atid] is an undemocratic party without primaries, and this is no secret.”


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