“The essence of Zionism is sovereignty. Without sovereignty there is no Zionism. Jews under foreign sovereignty is a retreat as far as Zionism is concerned. We already tried that in Europe and it didn’t quite work out. What are the ramifications of even bringing such an idea up? What does that tell us?”
"There are sources that are trying to turn a fundamental debate about the future of our country and our safety to a personal attack that wasn't intended.
"I respect Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his leadership under complicated conditions. I support him when needed and criticize him as needed; this is my duty.
"Imposing Palestinian sovereignty on Israeli citizens is dangerous, and it is my obligation to drop this idea from the agenda, and now the idea is gone."
Right on, Naftali!
It is worth noting that a poll taken following this flap between Bennett and Netanyahu indicated that if elections were held today Habayit Hayehudi would go from its current 12 seats to 17 seats.
This says heartening things about the attitude of our electorate, and perhaps will provide an appropriate signal to Netanyahu.
The turmoil I’ve described here is indicative of the tensions resulting from the pressures being brought to bear by Kerry, in order to push through his soon-to-be announced framework for continuing “negotiations.” The rumors continue to fly (I will return to further discussion on this), and the pressure grows ever more intense.
Just today the American secretary of state, in Germany, indicated that a failure of the peace talks will lead to global boycotts and delegitimization of Israel.
This sort of threat by Kerry raises my own blood pressure more than a bit. He’s a man without principles who will stoop to anything in an effort to achieve his goals. And here I would like to speak for myself:
I will tighten my belt, figuratively, and do without a good deal, were there to be economic boycotts that reduced the standard of living here, rather than see a deal struck with the PLO in any terms whatsoever. For me, and many many others, this is a no-brainer. We will not be intimidated.
And this is precisely what Bennett said (and I am pleased to quote him yet again, emphasis added):
I want to clarify to all those giving advice: the country has yet to be born that will give up its land because of economic threats, and we won't either. Only security will bring financial stability, not a terror state next to the Ben Gurion Airport.
"We expect our friends in the world to stand by our side, against the anti-Semitic boycott attempts against Israel, and not to be the voice of the boycotts. We've known in the past and know today how to stay strong."