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Bennett: One Cannot Occupy His Own Home

Economy Minister responds to CNN's Christiane Amanpour who asked about Israeli construction in the "occupied West Bank."
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 11/19/2013, 6:13 AM

Economy Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home/Bayit Yehudi) on Monday pointed out in an interview on CNN that there is no such thing as “Israeli occupation” in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem.

Bennett was asked by Christiane Amanpour to comment on Housing Minister Uri Ariel’s decision last week to issue tenders for 20,000 new homes in Judea and Samaria.

When Amanpour, however, used the term “occupied West Bank” in her question, Bennett held up a coin which, he pointed out, was “used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel.”

Amanpour tried to interrupt Bennett by saying that “occupied West Bank” was “an international term” but Bennett continued, “I don’t accept it. This coin, which says in Hebrew ‘freedom of Zion’ was used by Jews 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel, in what you call ‘occupied’”.

“One cannot occupy his own home,” stressed Bennett.

He also reiterated once again that he opposes the so-called “two-state solution”.

“I think trying to enforce [an] artificial state in the heart of Israel, in Jerusalem, is a grave mistake,” Bennett declared.

“If the Palestinians want peace they have to do one simple thing: Recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland. That’s all. But if they don’t do that, if they don’t recognize Israel as the Jewish homeland, they can’t expect peace,” he told Amanpour.

In the same interview, Bennett warned that a bad nuclear deal between Iran and world powers “will lead to war.”

“There’s no one who wants a war less than us,” he emphasized. “However, it’s one of those cases where a bad deal will lead to a war, and a good deal with actually prevent war.”

A good deal, Bennett said, would be one that “dismantles the nuclear weapon production machine.”