Bennett: Israel was 'too passive' in talks with US on settlements policy

The chairman of the HaBayit Hayehudi party tweeted that the Israeli leadership was "passive" in its talks with Trump's administration on settlement construction.
Bennett, Netanyahu Photo credit: Miriam Alster, Flash 90/Channel 2 News

HaBayit Hayehudi Chairman MK Naftali Bennett says the Israeli government should have been more determined in its talks with the US administration on settlements, calling them "a missed strategic opportunity."

"Instead of coming forward with an alternative (to a two-state solution), we were passive," Bennett tweeted on Sunday. He listed the formation of a Palestinian autonomy and a plan to apply Israeli sovereignty over area C as possible alternatives that could have been presented to the Trump administration.

"The new policy (of a restrained settlement construction) is balanced and reasonable, and it doesn't limit the number of homes we can build," he added. "However, my past experience tells me we will have to make sure it's actually implemented."

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"In life you have to know how to seize opportunities," Bennett concluded. "But we're optimistic. We will continue to push it forward until we make it happen."

On Friday, it was reported that Israel had agreed to adopt a new and restrained policy on settlement construction, under which it will only build houses on land already being used by settlers and will refrain from expanding any settlements.

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