When Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broached the idea of some Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria remaining under Palestinian rule in the context of a two-state deal, he ran into a hail of criticism from left and right.

Particularly acrid was the response from Naftali Bennett, the leader of Bayit Yehudi, the party most closely associated with the settlement project, who accused Netanyahu of having “lost his moral compass.” Bennett definitely spoke for the overwhelming majority of the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria. Only a small minority – which included the rabbi of my community Tekoa, the late Menachem Froman – thought that the idea deserved a chance.


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