TV report claims to identify 3 diplomatic blunders by Lapid with US and Jordan


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TV report claims to identify 3 diplomatic blunders by Lapid with US and Jordan
After Shaked heard claiming FM botching ties, TV says she was referring to promises FM made to Biden admin. on Iran and US consulate in Jerusalem, and Jordan’s Temple Mt. status
By TOI staff

A day after Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked of Yamina, a close political ally of Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, was heard in a leaked recording accusing Foreign Minister Yair Lapid of botching ties with the US and Jordan, a TV report Thursday said she was referring to problematic commitments made by Lapid to both countries that later had to be walked back and specified what it said those commitments were. Lapid, Bennett and Shaked dismissed Wednesday’s leak and Thursday’s report as part of an effort to sabotage the multi-party coalition ahead of next month’s crucial budget vote.

In recordings aired by Channel 12 news on Wednesday, Shaked was heard talking down on coalition partners Lapid and Benny Gantz and casting doubt on whether the premiership rotation agreement between Bennett and Lapid would be honored come 2023. The recordings were the latest signs of the growing fissures within the diverse coalition, ahead of the budget vote next month upon which the government’s survival hinges.

In the tapes, Shaked, the No. 2 in Bennett’s Yamina party, also accused Lapid of botching ties with Jordan and the US. Shaked can be heard calling Lapid “shallow” in the tapes, while claiming Bennett is constantly having to clean up after him.