'Bennett is attacking his own decisions'

Dep. Foreign Minister rips Jewish Home chief's criticism of PM. 'You're part of the cabinet, you approved this decision as well.'

Shimon Cohen,

Tzipi Hotovely
Tzipi Hotovely

Deputy Foreign Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) slammed Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) Monday morning over his recent criticism of the Prime Minister’s relationship with the Trump administration and the decision to impose limitations on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria.

Last week the Security Cabinet, of which Bennett is a member, approved construction of a new town in Samaria to replace Amona, which was demolished in February. The Security Cabinet also approved restrictions on Jewish construction in Judea and Samaria, limiting building to within existing town boundaries.

On Sunday, Bennett said that he accepted the limitations as “reasonable and balanced”, but nevertheless argued that they constituted a “missed opportunity” to fundamentally alter the US-Israel relationship.

“This was a missed strategic opportunity. Instead of laying out alternatives (like a plan for [Israeli] sovereignty in [Area C of Judea and Samaria], autonomy, etc.),” Bennett wrote, “we were passive, so we went back to the same old [idea] of two-states, which will lead us nowhere but despair. But I can’t complain, since that’s Netanyahu’s declared position (two-states).”

Speaking with Israel Radio on Monday, Hotovely ripped Bennett’s criticism, noting that he too is a member of the Security Cabinet that accepted the terms put forth by the Prime Minister.

Hotovely called Bennett’s behavior “anti-leadership”, and suggested the Jewish Home chief was assuming a more hawkish line in anticipation of his party’s primaries.