It took more than three whole days after the controversial speech May 4 by the deputy chief of staff on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to lash out at Maj. Gen. Yair Golan during the weekly Cabinet meeting May 8.
Netanyahu came to work on Sunday morning after his weekend rest with the clear aim of stirring up the Yair Golan storm, which had already receded, and placing it at the top of the public agenda. He did so using his heaviest guns, both in the severe tone he took and the words he chose: “The remarks are fundamentally incorrect. They should not have been made at any time. … They do injustice to Israeli society and cause a belittling of the Holocaust."