Economy Minister Naftali Bennett quickly came to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's defense on Tuesday night in light of reported US criticism from a senior Obama official who called the premier a "chickenshit."
Bennett issued a statement saying that the prime minister of Israel is not a private person, and that cursing him is "an insult not just to him but to the millions of Israeli citizens and Jews across the globe."
"The leader of Syria who slaughtered 150,000 people was not awarded the name 'chickenshit'," he wrote. "Neither was the leader of Saudi Arabia who stones women and homosexuals or the leader of Iran who murders freedom protesters. If what appears in the press is true, then it seems that the current US administration is throwing Israel under the bus."
Bennett called on the US administration to "immediately reject these gross comments."