Bennett: What restraint are we talking about?

In light of Netanyahu's comments indicating openness to restraint in building, Bennett calls for clarification.

Haim Lev,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Jewish Home Chairman praised the Prime Minister for what he called “an end to the adoption of a state of Palestine position” and said that clarification is needed regarding the restraint on building in Judea and Samaria that Netanyahu said needed to be discussed in light of Trump's comments on the issue.

“I’m very satisfied,” Bennett said in an interview with radio Kol Baramah. “Netanyahu made a correct decision yesterday to put an end to the adoption of a state of Palestine position, a position which Israel had adopted for 24 years.”

With respect to Trump announcements on 'settlements,' Bennett said that “there’s a difference between Obama’s ‘not one more brick’ and Trump’s words, which talked about a certain restraint. We need to understand exactly what is being talked about. There’s no reason that the State of Israel can’t build in Har Homa (southern Jerusalem, ed.), Efrat, and other places.”

“Before Netanyahu went to Washington, we defined very clear parameters together regarding the freedom to build. We have to see where things stand. I don’t want to draw conclusions about that which I don’t yet know. The PM will land and we’ll hear exactly what the issues are.”

Bennett addressed the question of whether Jewish Home would quit the coalition if the government freezes construction in Judea and Samaria. “We have succeeded in recent years in advancing so many things, from preventing terrorists from being freed all the way to the Regulation Law, and now the big progress is the abandonment of the two states idea. I’m doing this without an ultimatum and without threats, I highly respect the PM, we are working together on significant matters. Therefore, I don’t want to make any declarations. Our platform is known and has been very successful. We are seeing changes that we never dreamed of in the State of Israel.”