Shaked: Since we came, the government learned how to govern

Jewish Home party leader attacks Likud, says 'for dozens of years, they were in charge, but were afraid to govern.'

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Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) spoke about the Likud to Channel 2's "Meet the Israeli Press" program.

"Since we entered the government, the government has learned to govern," Bennett said. "They were in charge for dozens of years before we came, but they were always afraid to do their job."

"The right has finally applied its policies. Sometimes we need to find the right balance, and figure out how to do it in an appropriate fashion."

Speaking about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's comment that Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked (Jewish Home) was too talkative, Bennett said, "Both she and I are practical people. We came to do. Ayelet Shaked is changing the character of the Supreme Court."

Bennett also said his relationship with Netanyahu had improved.

Speaking about US President Donald Trump, Bennett said, "We needed to tell him that there will be no Palestinian state other than the one which already exists in Gaza."

"It's a shame to waste four years. It's a shame to create expectations, then disappointments and G-d forbid, violence. I want peace very much, the question is how we can reach it.

"In my opinion, strength will bring peace. Giving land to Arabs usually brings terror and death, but standing strong brings stability.

"I want a Jewish and democratic state, and we're going to have one."

Regarding his relationship with Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu), Bennett said, "I am glad he is Defense Minister and wants Israel to be secure."

"I did not attack him. I have no issues with him, and we work together in the Cabinet. Together, we are working to bring Israel security."