Religious Zealots Ready for Takeover of Israeli Army

Cook, Jonathan

Publisher:  CounterPunch
Date Written:  24/05/2016
Year Published:  2016  
Resource Type:  Article
Cx Number:  CX19492

In a surprise move, Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week forced out his long-serving defence minister, Moshe Yaalon. As he stepped down, Yaalon warned: "Extremist and dangerous elements have taken over Israel." He was referring partly to his expected successor: Avigdor Lieberman, leader of the far-right Yisrael Beiteinu party, whose trademark outbursts have included demands to bomb Egypt and behead disloyal Palestinian citizens.