Lapid and Steinitz at Finance Ministry handover 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
International Relations Minister Yuval Steinitz on Saturday referred to Finance
Minister Yair Lapid as “boastful and arrogant,” in response to Lapid’s request
on July 20 that Steinitz be removed from a security cabinet
Steinitz, who is not a member of the security cabinet, was
incensed when Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told him to leave the meeting at
Steinitz lashed out at the Yesh Atid chairman for the
incident in a Channel 2 interview on Saturday and criticized the prime minister
for acceding to Lapid’s request.
He said that Netanyahu had shown
“weakness,” and must show Lapid “who is the boss” in the
Steinitz said that the incident was “unnecessary and
Lapid had displayed the same “boastful and arrogant
behavior” that he had displayed in the past, Steinitz said, citing as an example
an incident uncovered during the election campaign last year in which Lapid
gained acceptance to Bar-Ilan University’s doctoral program for hermeneutics
without having completed a bachelor’s or master’s degree.
people who think they deserve everything. They don’t need to learn and they
don’t need experience.
It doesn’t work that way,” Steinitz told Channel
When asked if he had been hurt by the prime minister’s decision to
exclude him from the security cabinet meeting, Steinitz responded that he was