Former Meretz education minister Sarid 'disgusted' by prospect of Bennett's appointment

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
April 27, 2015 06:31
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Former Meretz education ministers Yossi Sarid and Amnon Rubinstein expressed concern Sunday about the pending appointment of Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett to that post in the government being formed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

After backing down from his request to be appointed defense minister or foreign minister, Bennett said he would accept the Education portfolio. Netanyahu is expected to approve the request in a meeting with Bennett on Monday.

“I am disgusted by the mere thought that the most extreme nationalist in the government could be put in charge of the education of our children and grandchildren,” Sarid told The Jerusalem Post. “The thought of it is absolutely atrocious.”

Sarid, who held the post for a year from 1999 to 2000, warned that Bennett was influenced by the extreme elements in his party who persuaded him to accept the portfolio. He said he was also disturbed by how reluctant Bennett was to take the job.

“The Education Ministry should only be entrusted to someone who cared about the issue his whole life, not a man who claims to have fallen in love with education over the last few days,” Sarid said. “The only question is how much damage he will do. I hope not too much.”

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