Naftali Bennett
Naftali BennettIsrael news photo: Flash 90

Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) Chairman Naftali Bennett said Thursday regarding the Palestinian Authority's bid for recognition as a nonmember observer state in the US, that the problem is a direct result of the Israeli government's position favoring the establishment of a PA state.

"You can't support the establishment of a Palestinian state on the one hand, and on the other – wonder when the world takes action to establish it," he said. "This is schizophrenic policymaking."

Bennett added that "intensive negotiations" are underway with Ichud Leumi (National Union) with the aim of unifying the two parties in a common list ahead of the national elections.

"This is being carried out good-naturedly," he said. "I have instructed the negotiations team to respect the other guys, and make sure that unity is accomplished."

Bennett also denied having made a statement attacking Moshe Feiglin, which has been attributed to him recently.  "I respect him, and know he is a man with values who loves our land and nation," he added.