Bennett says no to concessions for talks to resume

June 25, 2013 08:37

Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett told Israel Radio on Tuesday morning that he is not willing to make concessions in exchange for the ability to enter into negotiations with the Palestinians.

Bennett said that in order to keep preserve the Jewish state, Israel must be strong militarily, spiritually and economically. The minister said Israel should not give in to the obsession of retreating from land and should instead focus on issues such as the rising cost of living because this is what interests the public. Labor MK Yitzhak Herzog accused Bennett of fear-mongering and criticized him of not presenting an alternative solution to the Palestinian problem. Herzog was also speaking to Israel Radio on Tuesday morning. Herzog said that Israel must not give up on reaching a peace deal and must move towards a solution where Israel separates itself from the Palestinians because any other way will spell the end of the State of Israel.

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