Daily Israel Report

Naftali Bennett: We won't Give In

Newly elected Jewish Home head faces off successfully with CFR's Ed Husain on CNN.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/18/2012, 5:12 PM

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett faced off on CNN Friday with Ed Husain of the Council on Foreign Relations. Bennett might become a partner in Israel's next government. The Jewish Home plans to unite with the National Union and the combined list is expected to garner about 10 Knesset seats. 

"There's a wrong side and a right side," Bennett said. "The wrong side is a side that shoots thousands of missiles on civilians. What Israel is doing now is the right thing. We're defending ourselves. That's the right thing to do."

"When someone is determined to eliminate you; when their own charter says that they have to wipe out the Jewish state; when they shoot thousands of missiles from an area that was vacated no more Jews living in Gaza. It was supposed to become the Singapore of the Middle East. But instead they turned it into a launch pad of thousands of missiles – there's nothing to talk about. We have to defend ourselves. We owe it to ourselves and we owe it to the western world."

"If New Jersey was being bombarded with missiles coming from a foreign state, the United States would retaliate, would stop that right away. We've taken missiles for the past eight years, coming out of the Gaza Strip. We vacated the Gaza Strip. There's not one Jew living there, yet instead of turning it into a haven of peace, they've turned it into a launch pad of terror."