Naftali Bennett
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Education Minister Naftali Bennett participated in the Jerusalem Conference on Monday that was hosted by Arutz Sheva, and explained his political and social policies. 

"We find ourselves at an historical crossroads" the Minister said. "A decade ago the prevailing impression was that the religious Zionist movement was crushed. The message was that 'love' would conquer all, and because of our platform being crushed, we felt that the message was incorrect." 

However, Bennett said that the attitude was flawed. "From that point onwards, we have come closer to the rest of the Israeli populace and now we sit on the government. Our next step will be to form the government." 

Bennett laid out his philosophy with regards to the proper leadership of the country: "In order to lead properly, one needs to think 100 years in the future. We are at the point where we need to decide whether we are simply a safe-haven for the Jewish people, or whether we are a Jewish country."

In an inclusive message Bennett said that all parts of society are needed to form the proper country. "We need the left, and the haredim, as well as religious Zionists. We need all three communities and everyone else."  

While expressing inclusive philosophies, Bennett noted that the government has limits in what it can achieve, saying, "we need to be more national-minded because we are the leadership." He commented on one of the problems inherit in democracy: "The rule of the many is not the place to crush the views of the few, while on the other hand, considering the needs of the few does not mean that the many have to give in to them." 

Stepping out of the rhetoric and into a more aggressive approach, Bennett, who has been a member of the last two coalition governments, accused right-wing governments of not doing their jobs adequately. "Every right-wing government from 1977 and onwards failed to lead properly. We came to lead."