Against the backdrop of the stormy discussions in the Finance Committee on reducing the deficit and limiting the budget, faction meetings of the Yesh Atid, Labor and Otzma Yehudit parties convene on Monday.
Lapid: "Every day the disaster grows and every day the rift widens"
Former Prime Minister and Opposition Leader Yair Lapid at the start of a meeting of the Yesh Atid faction: "Those who failed like this cannot continue. Whoever has the disaster registered in his name and has lost the trust of the security establishment and the trust of the people – let him do the only decent thing possible – let him go. Let others make amends."
Lapid on the issue of weapons: "It can't be Ben-Gvir's circus" // Yehuda Schlesinger
"It's time for this government to go home and absolve us of its punishment. The time has come for those on whose watch the greatest disaster in the history of the state happened to us to leave our lives, because every day the disaster grows and every day the rift widens and every day the disgrace intensifies. Thank you.
"What would Netanyahu say and what would his people say if I were still prime minister on October 7? Do you have even the slightest doubt that he would be standing here right now suing my head on a platter?"
"What would he say if, instead of resigning, instead of leaving, I transferred billions of corrupt shekels of coalition funds to the Knesset this week? Robbers the state treasury. Unprecedented looting. Transferring billions in the middle of the war to cronies, parties, political interests of the lowest kind?"
"Do you have even the slightest doubt that he would have stood here screaming that this was an abject? Do you have even the slightest doubt that Netanyahu would now explain to you with signs and wonders and blood and fire and plumes of smoke that he would have seen and he would have understood and he would have been the first to identify? That an Israeli prime minister who missed all the signs and now continues all the spoils can't stay even another minute in office?"
Asked by Israel Hayom about the weapons policy, Lapid replied: "I am not against distributing weapons so that people can defend themselves, as long as it is done according to criteria. It can't be Ben-Gvir's circus. We're not in the Wild West."
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