Speaking at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem, Bennett said, “Only when we are stronger and more determined than ever, the world will leave us alone.”
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HaBayit Hayehudi Chairman MK Naftali Bennett on Sunday sharply criticized the willingness of some Israeli political figures to restart peace talks with the Palestinian leadership. Though not directly mentioning Benjamin Netanyahu by name, Bennett was clearly referring to statements of such nature recently voiced by the Prime Minister. “One cannot be supportive of the Land of Israel when speaking in Hebrew, while at the same time establishing a Palestinian state in English,” Bennett said in a speech he gave at the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in Jerusalem.
“There are those, both within Israel and outside, who stand alongside various Arab-led initiatives, according to which we should divide our land, divide Jerusalem and go back to the 1967 borders, simply because the world is putting pressure on us and we need to please it,” Bennet said. “I hereby say to them today – never.”
“It’s time to say it clearly – the Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel,” he added. “Only when we are stronger and more determined than ever, the world will leave us alone. And until then, we will have to re-liberate Jerusalem every day.”
Earlier on Sunday, at a national rally in commemoration of 49 years since Jerusalem’s unification, Netanyahu again said he was interested in renewing peace talks, but stressed that Jerusalem must remain under Israeli sovereignty.
“Israel wants peace. I want peace,” he said. “But peace can only be reached through direct negotiations with our neighbors, which will result in their recognition of Israel’s right to exist as the nation state of the Jewish people.”