Likud ministers attack Bennett for 'lecturing' Netanyahu

Likud ministers back Netanyahu, say no need for Bennett to lecture on importance of upcoming Trump-Netanyahu meeting.

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Miri Regev
Miri Regev
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Culture Minister Miri Regev (Likud) spoke about Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's upcoming meeting with US President Donald Trump.

"This meeting is definitely an historic moment for the State of Israel," she said. "We do not need ministers lecturing the Prime Minister and trying to educate him on the importance of this historical moment for the security of Judea and Samaria.

"The Trump administration is singing a different tune than the one we have heard during the past eight years. They said the settlements are not an obstacle for peace. There is a big difference between the land's status and that of the residents. We have a wide variety of solutions we can use to help the residents.

"I trust the Prime Minister to travel and to properly explain, as he has always done in the past, what Israel's security interests are. I trust he will explain properly everything which is connected to the settlements, expansion, and building."

Science, Technology, and Space Minister Ofir Akunis said, "I reiterated in the meeting my opposition to a Palestinian state. This is what I have always said. The Likud and I do not need Bennett to be a go-between. Most of the Likud is against founding a Palestinian state."

Druze MK Ayoob Kara (Likud) said, "If Netanyahu succeeds in returning the Israel-US relationship to what it was during the Bush administration, including agreements on Iran, that will be enough success for a first meeting.

"I trust the Prime Minister to act, as always, responsibly and with foresight. I expect him to succeed in communicating Israel's interests properly, for the sake of both nations: Israel and the US," he concluded.