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Don't Mess With the Army, Bennett

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The army and the defense establishment are very angry with Defense Minister Naftali Bennett. The man makes too many pronouncements, boasts about killing Iranians, announces a change in rules of the game toward Hamas and plans to expand construction in Hebron. He’s insufferable and even dangerous. So dangerous that top military and other security officials devoted an entire meeting to “the minister’s public statements,” a report this week in Haaretz said. They believe that his statements not only harm Israel’s security, but, perish the thought, are “an attempt to belittle the importance of the security work of past senior officials such as the previous chief of staff, Gadi Eisenkot.”

But why is the army so outraged about Bennett’s statements and not at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s commitment to annex the Jordan Valley, which rattled ties between Israel and Jordan? Does this not harm Israel’s security as well? It seems that the army knows what is untouchable. Its leaders don’t like statements made at the army’s expense,........

© Haaretz