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Daily Israel Report

Bennett to Livni: Get Over It

Bennett continues with brief Facebook replies to political critics.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 8/20/2013, 8:38 PM

Bennett, Livni
Bennett, Livni
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Minister of Economy and Trade Naftali Bennett, head of the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, responded Tuesday to criticism from Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who accused his party of making diplomacy with the Palestinian Authority more difficult.

Bayit Yehudi MKs’ opposition to the “two-state solution” is “very problematic” when it comes to Israel-PA talks, she said.

Bennett kept his reply short and to-the-point. “You’ll get over it,” he wrote in his Hebrew-language Facebook page (Bennett’s reply could also be translated as “Get over it”).

Bennett has been among the critics of the “two-state solution,” which he has said is “like splitting a crumb in two.”

His criticism of the idea has continued even as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu opens talks with the Palestinian Authority with the goal of creating a PA-led Arab state in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. “Never in the history of Israel has so much energy been invested in something so pointless,” Bennett recently said of the idea of creating a PA-led state.

Bennett’s reply to Livni fit his recent style. The minister gave a similarly terse reply last week when criticized by MK Moshe Gafni of the Yahadut Hatorah (UTJ) party, who called him “lazy” and said, “he’s constantly trying to prove that he isn’t religious… that he has no connection to tradition.”

Bennett’s reply to Gafni’s criticism was a simple Facebook message saying, “Gafni is my brother.”