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Minister says Bennett not ‘fulfilling his potential’ as leader of change government

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An Yisrael Beitenu minister known for his maverick personality said Saturday that Prime Minister Naftali Bennett is not “fulfilling his potential” as Israel’s leader, while adding that coalition members should consider voting down the premier’s bills if he refuses to back legislation desired by other members of the government.

Eli Avidar, speaking at a cultural-political event in the Jerusalem suburb of Tzur Hadassah, said Bennett is “lucky — he was given a golden opportunity to be prime minister in a change government, to change the face of Israeli society… I don’t think he’s fulfilling his potential.”

He asserted that “the state of democracy is as bad as it was” under former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, noting that some problematic laws passed under Netanyahu which gave him greater powers as premier had not been overturned under the new government.

“What’s happened? Is it okay now because Netanyahu isn’t in the Prime Minister’s Office?”

He also bristled at Bennett’s apparent reluctance to back a bill proposed by Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar to bar a person under serious criminal indictment from serving as prime minister. Bennett’s Yamina party has shied away from such........

© The Times of Israel

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