Netanyahu sacks 2 lefties – Livni and Lapid are out – Elections to Come


Bibi: “I will not tolerate this opposition from within.”


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu directed the secretary of government on Tuesday evening to dismiss Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Justice Minister Tzipi Livni.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.- Photo: REUTERS

“In the last couple of weeks and over the last day, Lapid and Livni have forcefully attacked the government,” he said.

“I will not tolerate this opposition from within,” he added.

Netanyahu said he will call to dissolve the Knesset as soon as possible in order for the citizens of Israel to vote and receive a clear mandate to lead Israel.

Labor MK Shelly Yachimovich said she thought Livni and Lapid should have quit rather than be humiliated by Netanyahu.

Livni, earlier on Tuesday, let loose at Netanyahu saying the impending elections will be over replacing a government she accused of “extremism, provocativeness and paranoia” without knowing how to fight terror while also “upholding freedom and Zionism.”

Livni, speaking at an Institute for National Security Studies conference, said she was going straight from her speech to meet with Netanyahu and that she “refused to compromise on any of the values that have guided me.”

She accused the prime minister of “inciting sectors in Israel against each other,” attacking his proposed law to define the Jewishness of the country as abandoning the idea of balancing Zionism with democratic principles.

Yonah Jeremy Bob contributed to this report.

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