Write wing Education Minister Naftali Bennett put pressure on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Saturday night, warned that Israel must revise its policies regarding the peace process with the Palestinians could result in outside nations determining its fate.
Bennett, whose party (Bayit Yehudi) rejecting any notion of a two-state solution, told Netanyahu “We cannot continue to pursue a bunker policy,” said“Israel must initiate its vision otherwise, as it appears once again, others will decide its fate bed by .”
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Bennet made his comments regarding about President Donald Trump’s upcoming visit to Israel in May.
During a press conference On Friday, Trump’s National Security Advisor Herbert Raymond McMaster said that the president aims to “express his desire for dignity and self-determination for the Palestinians.”
Bennett called on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to renege on his 2009 Bar Ilan speech, where he confirmed the idea of a two-state solution, apparently under pressure from the Obama administration.
“The Bar Ilan speech was from the Obama era. The expression and agreement to establish a Palestinian state brought boycotts on us, terror and a severe demographic threat and now is the time to announce its annulment,” Bennett declared.
“Two paths stand before us. We can continue the Bar Ilan speech policy and establish a second Palestinian state, in addition to the one in Gaza,” Bennett kept on pushing. “This messianic formula failed and led to bloodshed, political deterioration, and a demographic disaster. Alternatively, the State of Israel can outline its vision for the future of the region: regional economic development based on initiative, preventing a second Palestinian state to the one in Gaza,” according to Ynet News
Bennett reiterates his policy for imposing Israeli sovereignty over Israeli settlements in the West Bank and stabilizing the Gaza Strip, fortify Israel’s security, intelligence and economic capacity in the region.
“The time has come to take the initiative. Our future is in our hands,” Bennett said.
Netanyahu’s Likud party responded to Bennett’s statements, accusing him of damaging the Israel right wing camp. In a report published this morning, Likud said “Bennett’s remarks are an example of self-flagellation this time from the right. The boycotts against Israel stem from a fundamental opposition to the Jewish state and not from anything else.”
“Prime Minister Netanyahu is the one who has fought for acceptance of the Jewish state in the world as we hear from President Trump. Prime Minister Netanyahu is also leading the Nationality Bill.”
“One who sends Jewish students to prostrates themselves in mosques, who appoints a radical leftist woman to head civics studies (at the Education Ministry) and doesn’t lift a finger to stop the incitement in East Jerusalem schools, should not preach us.”
The statement continued “One who is unable to withstand leftist pressure he faces in the Education Ministry which he heads, should not preach to Prime Minister Netanyahu, who stands firm and determined against international pressure, more than any other prime minister in the last decades. Self-flagellating policies on the right never achieved things apart from the overhaul of a right-wing government for a left wing one.”
By Ynet News