The tensions between Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Nafati Bennett and the Likud party continued on Monday, four days after Bennett set off a firestorm by saying that he would prefer to go to jail than follow orders to evacuate Jews from their homes. The two parties are contesting for voters on the religious right wing of the political map.
A pro-Bennett letter signed by Israeli Defense Forces officers — who had served with Bennett during his military service in the elite General Staff Reconnaisance Unit — was published in a number of media outlets.
The pro-Bennett ad came in response to anonymous ads published the day earlier which portrayed Bennett as dangerously calling for insubordination.
It turned out, however, that a number of names had been added to the pro-Bennett letter without the permission of the supposed signatories. Some of the individuals did not even know Bennett.
A friend of Bennett who was one of the initiators of the letter characterized the mishap as a "technical error" and said that dozens more people who had sought to sign the letter had not been included.
In response, the Likud party said that "instead of apologizing, Bennett continues to attack the army."
Meanwhile, in a Channel 2 interview on Monday night, Bennett continued to speak out against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
"I heard in recent days that Netanyahu is planning a leftist coalition with Labor, [Tzipi] Livni and [Yair] Lapid," Bennett said.