“The truth is Jerusalem has always been, and will always be, Israel’s capital. The truth is no peace deal could ever be predicated on the division of Jerusalem. The truth is the US has no interest in funding those who act against its interest. The truth is the Palestinian leadership continues to fund terrorists, using US tax monies.” – Naftali Bennett, The Jerusalem Post, 4 January 2018.
“President Trump is not afraid to say the truth, even if it’s not popular. … The truth is the U.S. has no interest in funding those who act against its interest. The truth is the Palestinian leadership continues to fund terrorists, using U.S. tax money.” – Naftali Bennett, New York Times, 3 January 2018.
“Today we embark on a comprehensive program to increase recruitment motivation for meaningful IDF service. … Along with excellence in math, English, and other professional fields, we in the Education Ministry are also working to instill Zionist values. … I therefore instructed the education system to join forces with the IDF and the Defense Ministry to increase motivation to serve in IDF combat units. In the State of Israel’s 70th year, serving in the IDF is not only an ordinary civilian duty, but a great privilege and a primary national mission.” – Naftali Bennett, Israel National News, 3 January 2018.
“There will be no more political skulduggery that will allow our capital to be torn apart.” – Naftali Bennett, The News, 3 January 2018.
“Now, it’s only a municipal boundary. But the whole world gets used to it — that there’s something else that’s Al Quds. And very quickly, the perception would be that Al Quds is not Jerusalem. And then, to do the diplomatic move of severing it and handing it to the P.A. would be much easier. … And who would’ve been the ones who allowed that?” Mr. Bennett added. “The right wing. They’d say, ‘You’re the guys who legislated this.’” – Naftali Bennett, New York Times, 2 January 2018.
“This isn’t a theoretical bill. It’s very practical. There have already been attempts to divide Jerusalem. You know very well that this isn’t about [Arab neighborhood] Kalandiya but about dividing the Holy Basin and the Old City. This isn’t just [former prime minister Ehud] Barak’s formula, but of those present here.” – Naftali Bennett, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.
“[Zionist Union leaders] say Jerusalem’s Jewish neighborhoods belong to Israel, but the Old City and Holy Basin have a ‘special status.’ [Yesh Atid leader Yair] Lapid said the same. They’re talking about dividing Jerusalem. … Our understanding is clear. No Jew has the authority to give up any part of the land, nor does the Jewish people.” – Naftali Bennett, The Jerusalem Post, 2 January 2018.
“We’ve let Yair Lapid pretend [he’s a centrist] for far too long. … His behavior is like that of Meretz, just wrapped in blue and white.” – Naftali Bennett, Israel National News, 1 January 2018.
“I congratulate the Likud movement on the adoption of the sovereignty plan in Judea and Samaria. We have gone through another stage of separation from the dangerous idea of a Palestinian state, which only brought security damage and boycotts against Israel. I call on Yesh Atid to join this important initiative and to distance itself from the idea of an ISIS state along Highway 6.” – Naftali Bennett, Israel National News, 1 January 2018.
“I call upon all members of the Likud to express support for this principle and to integrate it into the Likud platform, which is a welcome step; I wish them a lot of success.” – Naftali Bennett, Israel National News, 31 December 2017.
“UNESCO’s repeated fake claims do not change the Jewish connection to Jerusalem or reality on the ground,” said Bennett, who heads the Jewish Home party in the coalition. Jerusalem was the capital of the Jewish people long before Islam was introduced to the world, and it will remain Israel’s capital forever. Instead of protecting hundreds of sites destroyed by radical Islam, including the al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, UNESCO is acting against the only Middle Eastern country safeguarding all holy sites and granting worshipers religious freedom.” – Naftali Bennett, Daily Post, 30 December 2017.
“Until Irit Linor’s return to the radio station, I also refuse to grant interviews to Army Radio. … For one rude statement that she was suspended for a week from Army Radio, yet when host Rino Tzror called Netanyahu the [Turkish President] Erdoğan of the Holy Land [he went unpunished]…For all this, there was no explanation, no suspension, nothing. … Linur’s statements were rude, and she was prepared to apologize, but Army Radio preferred to suspend her. This is a selective and unfair violation of her freedom of speech. I call on the Army Radio commander to lift her suspension.” – Naftali Bennett, Israel National News, 28 December 2017.