Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu looks on as he opens the weekly cabinet meeting on May 15, 2016 at his Jerusalem office. REUTERS/ Gali Tibbon /Pool
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"Do so even if your remarks aren't part of the mainstream, and even if they are at odds with ideas and stances held by the senior command or political echelon," Yaalon said.His remarks were perceived as a public show of support for Major General Yair Golan, deputy head of the armed forces, who on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day earlier this month made remarks comparing contemporary Israeli society to Nazi Germany.Sources described by Israeli media as "close to Netanyahu" said following Yaalon's speech the premier was surprised his defense minister was raising the issue of Golan's speech again, and Netanyahu summoned Yaalon to a meeting on Monday.Following the Monday meeting, the offices of Netanyahu and Yaalon issued a joint statement saying the two had clarified issues.
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