Israeli party leaders butt heads in televised debate

February 26, 2015 23:01


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The leaders of eight parties - Bayit Yehudi, Yisrael Beytenu, Koolanu, Yesh Atid, The Joint List, Meretz, Shas and Yachad - participated in the first debate of its kind on Israeli television, moderated by Channel 2 News anchor Yonit Levi Thursday night.

The debate format pitted individual candidates against one another, debating the issues that divide them most.

Bayit Yehudi's Naftali Bennett and Meretz chairwoman Zehava Gal-On debated the two- state solution.

"We are the only ones who say clearly that we will not allow a centimeter of land to be given to Arabs," Bennett declared. "We will apply sovereignty to Ariel and Maaleh Adumim."

Gal-On said Bennett thinks "five million Palestinians will just disappear," and that his positions will cause apartheid.

"Everything Zehava says may sound good, but it's all wrong. A Palestinian state will destroy Israel's economy. One rocket closed our airport last summer," Bennett said.

"Bennett is doing what he does best, fear-mongering," Gal-On stated.

"Who do you want to give the Golan to, Nasrallah or Islamic State?" the Bayit Yehudi chairman retorted.

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