Minister Says Netanyahu Punished Him for Opposing Prisoner Release

YERUSHALAYIM -

An Israeli politician may be a victim of the first phase of the prisoner release to the Palestinians, as Transportation Minister Israel Katz (Likud) claimed he was being punished by Netanyahu for voting against it, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Katz said the Infrastructure portfolio would be taken away from him and given to MKSilvan Shalom. Shalom abstained from voting on the prisoner release.

“I voted in the government against releasing terrorist murderers as a condition to renewing negotiations, remember? I even argued with the prime minister over it, and so now comes the ‘punishment,’” Katz said.

He vowed that he would continue to vote against the release of those who murdered Jews.

The Prime Minister’s Office denied any connection between the change in Katz’s ministerial status and his vote on the prisoner release.