Key Israel minister criticises Netanyahu, but staying in coalition

Education Minister Naftali Bennett said taking gifts in large sums over a long period of time is not living up to this standard, while stressing Netanyahu was innocent until proven guilty.

Published: 14th February 2018 03:52 PM  |   Last Updated: 14th February 2018 03:52 PM   |  A+A-

Naftali Bennett | AP

By AFP

JERUSALEM: A key member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's coalition criticised the premier's behaviour on Wednesday after police recommended his indictment for corruption but said he would remain in the government.

"A prime minister is not meant to be perfect or live an over-modest lifestyle, but he needs to be someone people look at and say: 'This is how one should act'," Education Minister Naftali Bennett said in a speech in Tel Aviv.

"Taking gifts in large sums over a long period of time is not living up to this standard," he added, while stressing Netanyahu was innocent until proven guilty.

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