Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Education Minister and the chairman of the religious Zionist HaBayit Hayehudi party, said US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a ‘natural’ one.
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Israel’s Education Minister Naftali Bennett says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is a “natural” move and called on other countries to follow suit.
Speaking at the Jerusalem Post diplomatic conference, Bennett said US President Donald Trump’s decision regarding Jerusalem is proof that “Israel’s strategic patience has paid off.”
“We’ve been told again and again that if we want more acceptance, we need to cut up parts of Israel and hand them over to our enemies,” he added. “But what we’re learning is the contrary. The world respects strong countries.”
When asked if Trump’s move could jeopardize the peace process with the Palestinians, Bennett said the move is, in fact, “a step toward peace.” “We will never achieve peace that is predicated on dividing Jerusalem,” he said.