Naftali Bennett at cabinet meeting 370.
(photo credit: Alex Kolomoisky/Pool/Yediot Aharonot)
Withdrawal from land leads to deaths, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett
said Monday, responding to President Shimon Peres' speech calling for a
"I value our president, but the concept of
withdrawals failed and brought thousands of victims," Bennett said at a Bayit
Yehudi faction meeting.
"Every time we give up land, people are killed,"
Bennett called for the government to declare "this is our land,
and it is not for sale." The government's job is to provide security for its
citizens, Bennett added, and the government is failing to do so in Judea and
Samaria, where mothers and children in cars are pelted with rocks.
IDF needs to change its understanding of its job and realize that it is also
responsible for protecting the 400,000 Israelis living in Judea and Samaria," he
Bennett's comments came a day after Peres, speaking at the World
Economic Forum in Jordan, called an immediate start to peace talks that would
lead to the creation of a Palestinian state based on pre-1967 lines and land
MK Isaac Herzog lauded Peres' speech at Monday's Labor faction
Referring to Strategic Affairs Minister Yuval Steinitz's
comments that Peres does not speak for the government, Herzog said that Steinitz
"cannot give grades as someone who hid the NIS 40 billion debt." "The real
problem is that our prime minister does not accept 1967 borders and the Arab
Peace Plan," Herzog added.
On Sunday night, Kadima leader Shaul Mofaz
criticized Steinitz and other right-wing politicians who spoke out against
"The right's lashing out at the president while he is on an
official visit to Jordan is unprecedented and outrageous," Mofaz said. "It
cannot be that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stands quiet and backs this
bizarre, extremist behavior. I call for him to behave responsibly and put an end