Israeli Education Minister denies growing religious influence

Today, Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with Channel 2 News ahead of the school year. Bennett discussed the prime minister’s investigations and denied accusations of growing religious influence in the education system.
Bennett Photo credit: GPO/ Channel 2 News

Today (Thursday), Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett spoke about the beginning of the school year, the integration of ultra-orthodox Jews in the education system and denied the accusations of a growing religious influence in the school systems.

Bennett also referred to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s investigations and the possibility of going to an early election. According to Bennett, Netanyahu shouldn’t resign in any case of an indictment and the context must be looked at before making a decision.

The minister presented his ambitious plan to improve English in schools. “In the past, we launched a math program and now we’re launching an English program,” he said. “What we want is for every boy and girl in Israel to speak English.”

Bennett completely rejected accusations of growing religious influence in the education system. “You’re relying on ‘fake news’,” he said. “We certainly want to impart values of Zionism and of love of tradition.”



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