Shaul Mofaz 311 (R).
(photo credit: REUTERS)
Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee chairman Shaul Mofaz put
an end to a committee meeting that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was
participating in Monday afternoon, yelling at the prime minister. He later told reporters, "The citizens of
Israel should know that their prime minister is a liar."
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An hour earlier, a spokesman from the Prime
Minister's Office put out a statement alleging that Mofaz said IDF Chief
of General Staff Lt.-Gen. Benny Gantz did not report truthfully about
the defense budget and expenses. Mofaz vehemently denied making the
After hearing about the press statement, Mofaz stopped the meeting,
yelled at Netanyahu and ordered his media team out of the committee
chambers. He told the prime minister to instruct his media team to correct
themselves. Netanyahu was visibly taken aback by the incident.
"You do not misquote a
committee chairman, who was a chief of staff, criticizing the chief of
staff," Mofaz continued. "There are things that cannot be done in the Foreign Affairs and
According to Mofaz's spokesman, the committee chairman said there
is a problem with transparency in the budget, and with coordination between
the prime minister and finance minister in regards to the defense
Speaking with reporters after shutting down the committee meeting, Mofaz
called the incident an "unprecedented, villainous act by the prime
minister and his media staff."
"I said that the IDF never falsely reported its budget, and I rely on
the chief of General Staff and those in uniform to report the truth on
the budget," Mofaz continued, "That is what I said."
What Netanyahu did in the committee, the Kadima MK added, "no prime
minister has ever allowed himself to do ... He is lying to Israel about
the economy, lying about diplomacy, and as of today he is also lying
about the most sensitive parts of the defense budget."