Daily Israel Report

Bennett: I’ll Be the Druze Minister

Bennett volunteers to represent Druze Israelis. ‘I love the Druze community,’ he declares.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 1/14/2014, 9:41 PM

Bennett with Druze leader (archive)
Bennett with Druze leader (archive)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, has volunteered to be “the Druze minister” in government.

Bennett, who is a religious Jew, explained on Facebook, “I truly love this special community, and since they have no representative in government, I volunteer myself for the position.”

Bennett wrote his post following a day visiting Druze villages in the Galilee.

“We spent a wonderful day in the Galilee with our Druze brothers,” he enthused. “We are speeding ahead, in industry, in employment, in education. With real cooperation.”

“We’re working in the Golan as well, to connect Druze there to the state of Israel,” he wrote. Many Druze in the Golan are torn between loyalty to Syria and to Israel; some continue to support the Syrian regime, but a growing number have turned against Syria's leaders as the Syrian civil war continues.

Bennett hinted that government policy was to blame for the confusion. “Governments have been stammering on the issue for too long, so I’ll make it clear: the Golan Heights will be Israeli forever. Period,” he wrote.

“That’s why the time has come for you, Druze living in the Golan, to decide that you, like your brothers in the Galilee, are with us,” he declared.

“The government of Israel has just decided to invest 209 million shekels in Druze in the Golan. We want you. I love you!” Bennett concluded.