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PM spars with Katz after finance minister tweets criticism from cabinet meeting

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In a sign of increasing tensions within both the government and the ruling Likud party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly suggested Friday that Finance Minister Israel Katz had crossed a line in his public criticism of the government decision not to reopen street stores, even questioning whether Katz should remain in the government.

Katz raised Netanyahu’s ire during a lengthy virtual meeting that saw Katz of Likud clash with other officials, including party leader Netanyahu, over the store reopenings.

After expressing his opposition to the decision not to allow stores to open on Sunday as several other lockdown restrictions are lifted, Katz tweeted from the meeting that he had called for Netanyahu’s support, and said, “The Health Ministry is acting opaquely and conducting a costly campaign on the backs of small businesses, whose owners started businesses with their bare hands and are now on the verge of collapse.”

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Cabinet secretary Avishai Braverman told the prime minister of the tweets, saying “Some ministers not only leak [from these meetings], but also tweet against each other in the middle of a sitting,” the Ynet news site reported.

An infuriated Netanyahu reportedly responded by........

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