Naftali Bennett 370.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett came under fire for comments
supposedly made during the cabinet debate on whether to release Palestinian
terrorists who have blood on their hands.
According to Yediot Aharonot,
Bennett said, “If you catch terrorists, you simply have to kill
National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror reportedly responded by
saying that “this is not legal.”
Bennett then allegedly retorted, “I have
killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there is no problem with
Amnon Be’eri-Sulitzeanu, co-executive director of the Abraham Fund
Initiatives, told The Jerusalem Post
that it is unacceptable that Bennett
generalizes that all Arabs are terrorists and that “in no country would they
allow a minister to speak about its citizens using this kind of
In any other country, such a minister would be dismissed, he
Furthermore, Be’eri- Sulitzeanu finds it problematic that nobody is
complaining about this.
“He cannot talk like this about citizens of the
state,” he said. “We are not at war with all Arabs, but with some of
He called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to condemn
Bennett’s remarks and say that it is unacceptable for a minister in the
government to speak like this.
contacted Bennett’s office and
received a response that his comments were referring to the fact that there are
two kinds of operations against terrorists, to apprehend them alive or to kill
“If in the end, we are going to let captured terrorists go, then
maybe we should take action aimed at killing them,” read the
Be’eri-Sulitzeanu responded to this statement by saying that
even this response is problematic because it talks about illegally killing