PM Netanyahu announced Friday that he has established a committee that will recommend ways of keeping Cabinet members up-to-date while preserving information security. It is expected to submit its conclusions in about three weeks. The Bayit Yehudi party, however, has rejected “the Prime Minister’s one-sided and meaningless announcement.” The party’s statement called the PM”s move, “the establishment of a meaningless committee. … You should ask Yohanan Locker where the committee report he worked on for a year is located, how many times it was discussed in the Cabinet, and what parts of it have been implemented so far.” The Locker Committee issued a report regarding the Israeli defense budget in mid-2015, recommending it be frozen for a five-year period.
The statement continued, “We recommend that instead of dealing in smalltime politics and all-day briefings opposing the Bayit Yehudi (party), the Prime Minister simply open the Protective Edge report, where he will find the blood-written conclusions, which cry out for implementation.” Bayit Yehudi officials claim that if the party’s demands are not met, Bennett will vote against MK Lieberman’s appointment as Defense Minister.