Toby Young, founder of the West London Free School, said the Home Secretary Theresa May reacted to criticism from the Education Secretary "like an Israeli tank commander being confronted by a stone-throwing Palestinian".
Speaking to Political Correspondent Libby Wiener he said Gove's comments show he is taking the issue of extremism in schools seriously, but it was a mistake to brief against Mrs May's counter-terrorism adviser, Charles Farr.
Yesterday Theresa May's special adviser Fiona Cunningham stood down over her part in the row.
The leaking, from her department, of a letter to Michael Gove, raises serious questions for the Home Secretary to answer.
One school was praised by Ofsted for using money from the pupil premium to pay for a number of cultural trips to Saudi Arabia.
Six Birmingham schools will be rated 'inadequate' and several more downgraded. Council officials have been criticised for failing to act.