Bayit Hayehudi leader Naftali Bennett on Thursday said he would ask to be exempted from orders to remove settlers from their homes were he in such a position.
In an interview on Channel 2's "Mishal Cham" program, Bennet said, "If I would receive an order to remove a Jew from his house and expel him, me personally, my conscience would not allow it. I would ask the commander for an exemption."
"I would not call publicly to refuse orders," he added, but continued to say, "When a black flag flies over an order, you don't carry it out. To expel people from this land is a horrendous thing. I will work with all my soul and with all my strength not to allow that to happen."
"It is an integral part of being a soldier to refuse orders on matters of conscience," he concluded.
Following the interview, Bennett posted a message on his Facebook page explaining himself: "As someone who has led fighters numerous times in operations and in the field of combat, I oppose with all my heart and soul the refusal of orders. Every order I was given during my 22 years in the IDF I carried out and will continue to carry out. Personally, I am unable to expel a family from their home, and I would ask my commander to release me from doing so."
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