Netanyahu's Likud Blasts Rival Bennett for Playing Temple Mount Politics on Twitter

Bennett initially supported Netanyahu in removing cameras and metal detectors from the Temple Mount, but later his party called it 'capitulation'

Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett (R) speaks with Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem July 23, 2017.
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Sources from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party responded sharply Friday to claims by rival Habayit Hayehudi party that removing metal detectors from the Temple Mount was a “capitulation,” saying that after "pompously" expressing support for prime minister, the head of the party, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, had yielded to media pressure.

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“Bennett initially supported their removal, pompously declaring his support for the prime minister. Then he could not withstand public and media pressure for even one minute” said a Likud official.

“Israel’s security is not a matter of populism or of making political gains, it’s a sacred principle, and anyone who childishly and irresponsibly turns it into a platform for tweets on Twitter endangers Israel’s security more than anything else,” the official added.

“If there’s anything that’s dangerous for Israel it is people who sit in Israel’s inner security cabinet, whose guiding compass is not the good of Israel’s citizens but their own personal good and the news they can leak.”

On Thursday, an announcement by Habayit Hayehudi stated that “all the declarations made in recent days are pointless. The damage caused by caving in [to Palestinian demands] and the serious harm to security must be countered by a determined fight against terrorism, and not through words. We must stop capitulating and rewarding terrorism.”