Economics Minister and Bayit Yehudi party head Naftali Bennett told the Washington Post Friday that Israel “will not allow itself to be threatened by a maniacal regime that holds nuclear weapons,” in response to a question about the Iranian threat.
“I think what matters are not the words but the centrifuges. We have to be very cognizant of whether Iran continues to accelerate the pace of uranium enrichment. Over the past year, they’ve tripled the pace,” he noted.
Bennett told the Post's Lally Weymouth that while he highly respects Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, the two also have “profound disagreements.”
“Netanyahu supports — and he truly does support — building a Palestinian state within Israel,” Bennett said. He explained his opposition to the idea: “What we’ve learned over the past 20 years is that each time we gave up land of ours, within a very short time frame, terrorists initiated severe attacks from that land and killed thousands of Israelis.
“People don’t realize the Palestinian supposed state would be on a mountain, and narrow Israel would be right below. I’ve got four kids. I’m not about to place them right underneath this big mountain. In the longer run, I see some sort of involvement of Jordan.
“My problem right now is that the international community is forcing upon us national suicide, because injecting, yet again, a terror state into the heart of our country is national suicide. So what am I to do — say, 'You’re pressuring me, so I’ll commit suicide?'”