Bennett Takes 'Uncollegial' Netanyahu to Task for Attacking Him While Meeting With Journalists

'I'll continue to do my job; I won't attack him. I think these incessant attacks are wrong, but I don't intend to respond,' Israeli education minister says.

Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu.
Emil Salman

Education Minister Naftali Bennett accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday of behaving in an “uncollegial” fashion by attacking him during meetings with journalists. Netanyahu has held several such meetings in recent weeks.

“I’m toiling to build the Education Ministry and the education system, and every day I get these attacks,” continued Bennett, who heads one of the coalition parties, Habayit Hayehudi. “As people in the same government, we ought to be collegial. I’ll continue to do my job; I won’t attack him. I think these incessant attacks are wrong, but I don’t intend to respond.”

Netanyahu’s meetings with the press are part of a campaign to repel criticism of his handling of the threat posed by Hamas’ cross-border tunnels from the Gaza Strip prior to the Gaza war of summer 2014. Bennett has been one of Netanyahu’s harshest critics on this issue.