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      Bennett on Vote-Buying Rumors: Let’s Support Each Other

      Bennett speaks about vote-buying rumors, coalition talks, and pro-terror riots.
      By Maayana Miskin
      First Publish: 2/26/2013, 3:45 PM

      Naftali Bennett
      Naftali Bennett
      Israel news photo: Flash 90

      The Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party met Tuesday in the shadow of reports earlier in the day that Jewish Home MK Nissan Slomiansky is suspected of having paid for votes in the party primaries.

      Party head Naftali Bennett said, “As long as there is an investigation, we must give each other our full support.”

      Bennett noted that the party had taken steps to ensure clean elections. Officials looked into those suspected of selling votes, he said, and some forms were disqualified.

      “I’m proud of our work for clean elections,” he said. “We must take responsibility and investigate any improper action.”

      Regarding the ongoing coalition talks, Bennett said the current talks between Bayit Yehudi and Likud are focused on core issues. “We’ve entered a serious negotiations process,” he said.

      Bennett also responded to the recent riots among Judea and Samaria (Shomron) Arabs that followed a terrorist prisoner’s death in Israel. “We call on the government to take firm action against the uprising in prisons and in Judea and Samaria,” he said.

      “We must remember that these are terrorists portraying themselves as freedom fighters,” he continued. “If their ‘freedom’ is expressed by blowing up buses outside our homes, then we must not give them freedom.”

      “We will work on that in the next government,” he added.