Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is coming under criticism from his right-wing flank which accused him Friday of "not doing enough" to provide security for Israel's citizens beyond the Green Line.
In an interview with Channel 2, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said that while "the army was trying," the results have been unsatisfactory.
"Yes, this is a right-wing, nationalist, homogeneous government, but we aren't giving sufficient backing to the commander in the field," Shaked said.
The justice minister said that the IDF was wrong to dismiss an officer who was caught on camera smashing the equipment of Agence France Presse journalists in the West Bank. While she disagreed with the officer's behavior, the army's decision to enforce a discharge "sent the wrong message," according to Shaked.
"Soldiers need to know that they are there to fight and to protect our citizens," Shaked said.