Israel's Bennett says Netanyahu 'threatened' him over govt
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"Establishing the government was very hard for me. I knew clearly where I was going. I knew I was about to get hit with the mother of all battles," Bennett told Haaretz newspaper.
"'Listen,' he said to me, 'If I understand correctly what you're going to do, you should know that I am going to turn my whole machine on you, the army'," he said, recounting what Netanyahu had told him.
He said Netanyahu followed his comments by making a gesture with his arm as if to indicate "an airplane descending for an attack", Haaretz reported.
According to Bennett, the former prime minister had told him: "'I will send the drones at you, and we'll see'."
"I know that this sounds big, but I think we saved the state," he added.
Bennett's coalition won a wafer-thin margin of 60 votes to 59 in parliament in June last year, allowing him to form a government.
Losing the top job left the hawkish former prime minister exposed to legal battles involving corruption.
Netanyahu is on trial for bribery, fraud and breach of trust, and could be jailed if found guilty. He has denied any wrongdoing.
On Monday Netanyahu denied reports he had reached a deal with prosecutors that would force him to quit politics.