MK Bennie Begin, the former government minister and son of legendary Likud leader Menachem Begin, criticized the appointment of Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman as "a bizarre idea."
In an interview with The Jerusalem Post
's Hebrew-language sister publication Ma'ariv
, Begin said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's intention to have Liberman replace Moshe Ya'alon as defense minister was "a step that expresses irresponsibility toward the defense establishment and all of Israel's citizens."
"The political seesaw between candidates who are supposed to join the coalition is indicative of the fact that the prime minister prefers to replace the difficulties of managing a coalition with a thin majority with much larger difficulties, perhaps even with dangers that will result from this bad appointment," Begin said.