Bennett Rejects Netanyahu's Proposed Compromise on Security Cabinet

In response to Habayit Hayehudi's chairman's threat to vote against Lieberman's appointment as defense minister, PM appoints team to review information sharing protocol with ministers; 'No spin from the prime minister will save lives,' Bennett says.

Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu at a press conference announcing a coalition agreement, May 6, 2015.
Emil Salman

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appointed a team Friday to review current protocol concerning the sharing of information with the security cabinet, following Education Minister Naftali Bennett's threat to thwart Avigdor Lieberman’s nomination as defense minister unless the protocol is changed

Bennett rejected Netanyahu's compromise, calling it one-sided and meaningless. 

"No spin from the prime minister will save lives and definitely not another thoughtless commission as he's prone to create from time to time," Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi party said in a statement. 

The team announced by Netanyahu will propose improvements for briefing security cabinet ministers ahead of meetings, while keeping confidential information secure. It will be led by former national security advisor Yaakov Amidror and will also include former military secretary Yohanan Locker and Joseph Ciechanover who formerly served as director general of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and a military legal advisor. 

The team is set to file its recommendations in three weeks' time.

Sources in Habayit Hayehudi said that Netanyahu's announcement wasn't coordinated with the party. "We suggest that instead of dealing in petty politics and briefings every day against Habayit Hayehudi, the prime minister should simply open the report on [Operation] Protective Edge where he'll find conclusions written in blood that cry out for implementation," Habayit Hayehudi said.

"The demand to correct the failures of Protective Edge stands unchanged."

Bennett posed his ultimatum to Netanyahu earlier this week, and on Wednesday he announced that he and his faction members will vote against Lieberman's nomination on Monday unless Netanyahu appoints a special military secretary for the security cabinet. If Habayit Hayehudi votes with the opposition against Lieberman's nomination, there would be a majority of 62 voting against the nomination, versus only 58 in favor, and the appointment will not go through.