Naftali Bennett
Naftali BennettYonatan Sindel/Flash 90

Jewish Home Chairman Naftali Bennett responded negatively Wednesday to a remark by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu about the possibility of a "unilateral" Israeli move in Judea and Samaria.

"If terrorism pays off, terror will increase," Bennett warned. "Any unilateral handover of territory to the Arabs is a serious mistake, always. Talking about this in the middle of a terror wave relays the opposite message from the one that is required."

"The enemy must receive punishment for terrorism, and not a prize for murdering Jews," Bennett stated. "There is no doubt that a unilateral move needs to be taken: the application of Israeli sovereignty in the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria." 

On Tuesday, speaking at the Center for American Progress (CAP) in Washington, Netanyahu did not rule out a possible unilateral Israeli move in Judea and Samaria, though he stressed, "Such a move will have to meet Israel's security criteria, as well as require greater international understanding than there is now."

At the same time, the Prime Minister also reiterated his readiness to negotiate with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, noting that Abbas "spoke with me for a total of six hours cumulatively over the last few years."

Netanyahu also said that he is the prime minister who has the built the least in Judea and Samaria, telling the American center, "No new settlements have been built in the last 20 years, even before I was prime minister for the first time. The additions are to existing communities, the map has not changed significantly."