Economy Minister Naftali Bennett responded to Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman's criticism of his remarks in which he chastised US Secretary of State John Kerry for appearing to create a linkage between the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace talks and the emergence of Islamic State.
"The US is indeed our great friend, and we are bolstering this friendship even more," Bennett said in a statement released by his office. "Nonetheless, the minister stands by his remarks. After it was explicitly said that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict fuels and strengthens IS, there was an obligation to react quickly in order to make sure that this comparison is never repeated."
"Terrorism is not something that needs to be understood or supported," the statement read. "It needs to be fought."