Economy Minister Nafatli Bennett on Monday rejected a proposal by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to have US-led NATO troops ensure Israel's security in a future Palestinian state.

"I heard about a new start-up: NATO forces guarding Israelis. We have seen in the past that when it is calm they are there, but when things heat up, they run away," Bennett said.

The Bayit Yehudi leader gave the example of southern Lebanon following the Second Lebanon War. He stated that there were now some 100,000 missiles in south Lebanon despite the mandate of UN peacekeepers in the area to keep missiles out of the region in accordance with UN Resolution 1701.

"Only the IDF will guard our kids. To any other parent, we say, no thanks," he said.


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