Australian PM and Bennett 370.
(photo credit: Courtesy- Economy and Trade Ministry)
Israel, and Israel alone, is responsible for its security, Economy Minister
Naftali Bennett said Sunday in remarks posted on his Facebook
Bennett wrote the remarks from Australia, where he met on Friday
with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in Melbourne.
In his post,
Bennett called Abbott a “true friend of Israel and the Jewish people who
expressed great readiness to act for Israel’s security.” But he also wrote that
Israel was “operating on all levels of activity” to protect its
“While we certainly should increase cooperation with our
friends, the responsibility for our security, in the end, is ours and we must
rely on ourselves,” he stated.
During their meeting, Bennett and Abbott
discussed at length the interim agreement between Iran and the
Australia is currently a nonpermanent member of the UN Security
Council and leads its sanctions committee.
“Israel is focused on what
happens after six months,” the Bayit Yehudi party chairman wrote. “There needs
to be a clear goal: Full dismantlement of Iran’s nuclear machine. If it doesn’t
happen, the world must reinstate sanctions and make them more
Bennett also thanked Abbott for changing his country’s UN voting
policy to one that was more pro-Israel.
At the end of Friday’s meeting,
Bennett presented the prime minister with a 2,000- year-old coin that had been
unearthed in Jerusalem’s City of David. It was the coin with the engraved words
“Freedom of Zion” that he had showed CNN’s Christiane Amanpour during an
interview several weeks ago.
“The State of Israel is the direct
continuation of the Jewish state that existed in the Land of Israel 2,000 years
ago,” Bennett says he told Abbott. “Imagine, 2,000 years ago, two Jews stood in
the City of David and traded, using this coin and the same language that I speak
today in Israel.”
As economy minister, Bennett, together with State of
Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Businesses Louise Asher,
made a joint announcement that a foundation for research and development had
been established as part of an agreement between Israel and Victoria.
we learned from negotiations with the European Union about Horizon 2020 [the EU
framework program for research and innovation], Israel must accelerate, create
and vary its trade relations around the world,” Bennett wrote on Facebook.