Defense official slams 'messiah claimant' Bennett for criticizing army

November 24, 2015 07:17


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A top security official is quoted as telling Army Radio on Tuesday that Education Minister Naftali Bennett is "a messiah claimant" and "an inciter" for his criticism of the military's failure to curb Palestinian terrorism.

Bennett on Monday told Army Radio that the Israeli military needed to embark on a widescale operation similar to Operation Defensive Shield in 2002 in order to to put an end to Palestinian terrorism against Israeli civilians in the Gush Etzion and Hebron regions.

The comments by Bennett angered defense officials, one of whom told Army Radio that the education minister "is using Defensive Shield as a slogan."

"When we have intelligence, the army takes action," the official said. "This is a completely different situation than the one we experienced during the time of Defensive Shield."

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