Bennett: Likud against Jewish presence in Judea-Samaria

Jewish Home chairman implies his party the only one to support full sovereignty in the region, despite alleged right-wing government.

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) continues to fight for sovereignty in Judea-Samaria, he stated in an Army Radio interview Monday, despite threats to dismiss him from his post nearly two weeks ago. 

Bennett did not address his dispute with the Cabinet directly, saying merely he would continue to stand for his views and criticized the fact that someone had been leaking information about Cabinet sessions to the media. 

Regarding Judea-Samaria, however, "it is no secret that their [the Cabinet's - ed.] relation to Judea-Samaria has not changed - they are against an Israeli presence there." 

"In every relationship there are disagreements, but I do not feel that there are disagreements like this between friends." 

"I believe we should apply the full extent of Israeli law to Judea and Samaria, as we have done with the Golan Heights," he said.

"It is clear to me that in the current government, in which the Jewish Home [party] only holds eight seats, there are only eight seats to support the annexation measure - it is not feasible .... [for us] to apply Israeli law to all areas of C, we have to be largest party in Israel [to do that]," he added. 

Two weeks ago, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu threatened to fire Bennett after he lashed out at Netanyahu for apparently neglecting his promise to open a controversial plan to withdraw IDF forces from Area A of Judea and Samaria up for a discussion and a cabinet vote.