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Livni Calls Bennett 'Defiant Child' Over Annexation Letter

Justice Minister makes sarcastic comments over bid to annex Judea-Samaria: 'Let's just make Yitzhar boys rulers of Israel.'
By Tova Dvorin
First Publish: 4/9/2014, 10:37 PM

Tzipi Livni
Tzipi Livni
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Justice Minister Tzipi Livni (HaTnua) had harsh words for Economics Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Wednesday, after Bennett reportedly demanded Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu annex settlement blocs in Judea and Samaria.

"I ​​heard Bennett sent a letter to the Prime Minister in which he proposed to annex the settlement blocs," Livni said. "I am tempted to say why not, go for it, if you go crazy then do it to the end - keep this up and we'll become a binational state and lose all that is dear to us. Why not!" 

Referring to recent clashes between the IDF and extremists in the town of Yitzhar, Samaria, which have grabbed Israeli media attention, she derided:

"Let's make the Yitzhar boys the official rulers of Israel and we isolate ourselves more than we know!"

"For a moment we consider supporting Bennett, which would obligate him to do something, not only write letters - like a defiant child who hopes his parents will set boundaries."

"But then I remembered that I have two sons here, so I said 'no thanks' despite the temptation," she said. "I seek a better future for our children and a better future for Zionism."

But the left-wing minister and lead Israeli negotiator with the PA sarcastically said she saw a "silver lining".

"The Palestinians should be very happy to know that Bennett wants only the settlement blocs and is ready to give up the rest. Here's good news to close negotiations with."