Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu endorsed an effort by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman Wednesday to prevent the closure of a school that has been attended by many Russian immigrants.
The Education Minister and Tel Aviv Municipality had announced that the Shevah Mofet School would become a school for migrant workers' children and teach in their languages.
Netanyahu said in a statement that Shevah Mofet had many accomplishments, is respected and was the school of seven students who were murdered in the Dolphinarium terrorist attack in 2001.
"Because of all these reasons, the prime minister strongly opposes closing the school and said that he expects all relevant authorities to back keeping it open in its current format," the statement said.
But sources close to Education Minister Naftali Bennett saw Netanyahu's support for the school as an attempt to undermine him. They said the decision to close the school was purely professional and noted that Netanyahu had been attacking him in recent briefings for the media.