Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett: Israel ‘weakened by Temple Mount Crisis’

Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett claimed Israel’s deterrence was damaged following the removal of the security measures at the Temple Mount and that Israel was ‘weakened.’
Bennett and Netanyahu Photo credit: Mark Israel Shalem/ Flash 90/ Channel 2 News

This morning (Thursday), in an interview with Army Radio, Israeli Minister of Education Naftali Bennett discussed the Temple Mount crisis: “Israel is sadly weakened by this crisis. Instead of strengthening our sovereignty in Jerusalem, we conveyed a message that it could be challenged.”

In response to his support of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Bennett said: “I led the resistance against removing the security measures but as soon as I saw that the idea was not accepted, I acted responsibly and gave my support to the government and will continue to do so.”

Removal of metal detectors Photo credit: Channel 2 News

However, the Chairman of Ha-Bayit Ha-Yehudi did not spare any criticism. “It’s true that you may be gaining some quiet,” he said. “But every time Israel bends a little, you get an intifada. It’s as if you gain in the short term but in the long term you are damaging the deterrence.”

Riots in East Jerusalem, last week Photo credit: Channel 2 News

“Following this crisis, I expect Netanyahu to order the Defense Minister to remove plans for easing the restrictions on the Palestinians and construction,” he added. “And instead to present operational plans for terror prevention.”

 Following the interview, an official source closely associated with the Security Cabinet criticized Bennett.

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