Israeli party leaders butt heads in televised debate

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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