Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett on Saturday accused Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman of choosing to “surrender” to Hamas, Ynet News reported.
“Lieberman chose surrender that will lead to war,” Ynet News reported Bennet as saying. “His irresolution and the delusional belief—that talking to Gaza residents will bring down Hamas and bring security to the residents of the Gaza border—are complete nonsense and irresponsible.”
Bennet added: “The same Lieberman who declared he would bring down Hamas and eliminate [Hamas leader] Ismail Haniyeh is now giving them rewards at the expense of Israel’s security.”
He continued: “The weak policy he is leading under the guise of responsibility and pragmatism has been allowing Hamas to burn the south for 140 days and dictate to the residents there when to run for shelter and when to come out.”
Bennet added: “Lieberman’s attitude endangers the State of Israel and will lead to an inevitable conflict under terms Hamas will dictate and at a time of its convenience.”
Lieberman hit back at the claims, saying: “Bennett is willing to sacrifice the blood of our soldiers with his recklessness.”