'We are following in the footsteps of our Sages'

Education Minister Bennett says his party is following Torah Sages' directives, working to strengthen Torah.

Eliran Aharon,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
Yonatan Sindel, Flash 90

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home) on Tuesday evening participated in an event marking ten years since the passing of former Chief Rabbi and head of Merkaz Harav Yeshiva, Rabbi Avraham Shapira.

Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Bennett said his party is following in the footsteps of the previous generation's Torah Sages.

"Rabbi Shapira left us a very strong message about the Land of Israel: Not to give up any of Israel's land, ever. We definitely follow in his path," Bennett said.

"One of the things that made Rabbi Shapira so great was his Torah, and we need to strengthen the Torah world, Religious Zionism, and Rabbi Kook's teachings all over Israel. And that's what we're doing. I think he would be very proud to see how much Torah is being studied all over Israel."

When asked for his thoughts on the Iranian civilians' protests against the government, Bennett said, quoting the biblical prophet Amos, "And a wise man at that time will be silent."

On Tuesday night, the Knesset approved the United Jerusalem Law, which was initiated by Bennett and Jewish Home MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli. The law will force any decision regarding Jerusalem's land - including as part of a peace deal with the Palestinian Authority - to be approved by a Knesset majority of 80 MKs, instead of the usual 61.

The law was approved by a majority of 61 MKs, with 51 opposing it and one abstention: Yesh Atid MK Ofer Shelah had planned to oppose the law but instead chose to abstain.

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