Ex-Israeli Defense Minister slams Health Ministry over rate of coronavirus testing

Former Defense Minister warns failure to expand coronavirus testing could lead to new lockdowns across Israel. 'No justification for this.'Arutz Sheva Staff, Sunday, 3:59 PM

Bennett: We want maximum areas with minimum Arabs

Yamina chairman says current draft map for application of sovereignty is "not good" for Israel.Arutz Sheva Staff, Wednesday, 5:09 PM

Naftali Bennett: Supreme Court ruling 'broadcasts a message of weakness'

"We had reached a level of zero terror attacks, but the Court is destroying our deterrence," says former Defense Minister.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/25/2020, 6:17 PM

'Why would Netanyahu and Katz remove official protection from outgoing Defense Minister?'

Iran blames Bennett for cyber attack, Hezbollah features Bennett in video, but gov't decides Bennett doesn't need state protection.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/22/2020, 1:19 PM

'Don't promise us ministerial posts, apply sovereignty'

Yamina chairman and former Defense Minister speaks at Mercaz Harav Yeshiva, calls on PM to apply sovereignty as he promised.Hezki Baruch, 5/21/2020, 11:35 PM

Is Netanyahu putting Bennett's life at risk for revenge?

Ministerial committee headed by Netanyahu removes security from outgoing defense minister but not other previous defense ministers.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/21/2020, 8:58 PM

Bennett: Iran leaving Syria, but could come back if Israel let's up

Outgoing Defense Minister Naftali Bennett holds ceremony to mark turnover of ministry to Benny Gantz.Gary Willig, 5/18/2020, 6:37 PM

Bennett: We are not bitter or vindictive

Yamina chairman addresses supporters following Netanyahu’s decision to keep Yamina out of the coalition.Arutz Sheva North America Staff, 5/15/2020, 10:00 PM

The Yamina-Likud fiasco: A chance to rebuild

Sorry to disappoint Netanyahu's men, but dedicated public servants like Bennett, Shaked, and Smotrich won't be fading away so easily. Op-edDavid Rubin, 5/15/2020, 5:30 AM

Bennett: Netanyahu discarded sovereignty form government agenda

Yamina leaders explain decision to sit in opposition. 'Netanyahu was threatened by the EU, PA, Gantz, and Ashkenazi. He surrendered.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/14/2020, 7:54 PM

Netanyahu to Bennett: This is the deal, there will be no changes

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu speaks on phone with Yamina leader Bennett. No agreement reached.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/13/2020, 6:03 PM

Further to DM's directive: Expropriation order signed to renovate Cave of Patriarchs

Project to include constructing elevator near Cave of Patriarchs and access path to enable disabled access from parking lot to site plaza.Mordechai Sones, 5/12/2020, 6:05 PM

Bennett: We will be a fighting opposition, support sovereignty

Outgoing defense minister says neither Likud nor Blue and White want Health Ministry despite its importance during coronavirus crisis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2020, 3:22 PM

Israeli Defense Minister: 'Anyone who thinks of attacking us needs to think twice'

Bennett touts demolition of home of terrorist responsible for murder of, Rina Shnerb. 'We settled the score with this disgusting terrorist.'Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/11/2020, 9:52 AM

Thinking out of the box - Naftali Bennett for Health Minister

Success requires a leader to think out of the box, pick the best man for the job, and not be influenced by personal issues. Opinion.Dr. Aaron Lerner, 5/8/2020, 3:06 PM

Naftali Bennett 'This is Israel's Manhattan Project in war on the coronavirus'

Israeli breakthrough with coronavirus antibodies is major step forward in fight against the pandemic, says Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.Defense Min. Naftali Bennett, 5/7/2020, 6:59 PM

Netanyahu refuses Bennett's request for Health, Transportation Ministries

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett tells Netanyahu his party would only join government if it has ability to make an impact.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2020, 6:28 PM

'Every breakthrough is a big step towards victory'

Israeli researchers develop 'Shalom Corona antibody' designed to neutralize the coronavirus. President Rivlin lauds 'breakthrough'.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/7/2020, 4:56 PM

Bennett asks for Health, coronavirus portfolios

Defense Minister says he asked PM Netanyahu to give him the Health Ministry so he can set up a national pandemic response system.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/6/2020, 9:14 PM

Bennett: Thousands of new housing units to be built in Efrat

Defense Minister Bennett approves expansion of Efrat, paving the way for thousands of new housing units.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/6/2020, 2:59 PM

Bennett: I didn't enter politics to be praised

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett says he would welcome becoming Health Minister to deal with coronavirus crisis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/5/2020, 9:12 PM

Iran reducing presence in Syria

Bennett: We are more determined than Iran because for us it is a matter of life and death.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/5/2020, 5:00 PM

Significant breakthrough in finding antibody to coronavirus

Defense Minister visits Israel Institute for Biological Research, presented with antibody that attacks the virus and can neutralize it.Arutz Sheva Staff, 5/4/2020, 11:08 PM

Bennett: It doesn't make sense to force isolation in hotels on people

Defense Minister calls working to overturn government's decision to send those coming from overseas to isolation in coronavirus hotels.Ben Ariel, 5/4/2020, 6:46 AM

Survey: Bennett top choice among politicians for Health Minister

Poll finds plurality of Israelis want health professional as next Health Minister, Naftali Bennett by far the top choice among politicians.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/30/2020, 10:29 PM

Bennett: We are pushing Iran back in Syria

Defense Minister says Israel will no longer allow threats to grow beyond its borders, Israel's enemies have not reconciled to Jewish State.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/28/2020, 4:09 PM

Bennett to bereaved families: Cemeteries closed to keep you safe

Defense Minister visits Mt. Herzl prior to Memorial Day, regrets inability of bereaved families to visit the graves of their loved ones.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/27/2020, 5:32 PM

Hours before Syria airstrikes, Defense Minister hinted at attack

Syria reports airstrikes on Damascus - just hours after Israeli Defense Minister hints at upcoming operation.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/27/2020, 9:18 AM

Bennett to Israeli Arabs: Look after yourselves during Ramadan

Defense Minister publishes urges Israeli Arabs to take precautionary measures to prevent the spread of coronavirus during Ramadan.Ben Ariel, 4/27/2020, 6:10 AM

Bennett calls to end coronavirus closures, reopen Israeli economy

'Now the battle shifts from fighting the coronavirus to restoring the economy,' says Defense Minister Naftali Bennett.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/26/2020, 4:55 PM

Veteran military correspondent: A good Defense Minister is going home

"Naftali Bennett is one of the best defense ministers in the last 50 years," writes long-serving military correspondent Yisrael Katzover.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/26/2020, 6:49 AM

Israel's Defense Minister Bennett takes the bull by the horns

Naftali Bennett (Yamina) won't be the defense minister for much longer, according to the coalition agreement, but he is using the time he has left to attain the maximum for the Israeli public. Sheri Oz, 4/24/2020, 11:29 AM

Bennett orders IDF to end coronavirus testing for Gazans

IDF's decision to test Gazans for coronavirus was not coordinated with Defense Ministry, report says.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/22/2020, 10:18 AM

Yesha Council suggests Yamina be included in government

Yesha Council urgently calls on PM and Bennett: 'We see great importance in your joint meeting with next government to maintain settlement.'Mordechai Sones, 4/21/2020, 9:35 PM

Prime Minister Netanyahu decides to reopen economy with restrictions

Netanyahu approves reopening of economy with restrictionsArutz Sheva Staff, 4/16/2020, 10:56 PM

Bennett's coronavirus exit strategy - quarantine only those at risk

Defense Minister presents plan to reopen economy to near-100% while keeping those over 65 or at-risk home.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/16/2020, 8:08 PM

Bennett's plan: Back to school business on Sunday

Defense Minister to present plan to begin process of return to normalcy to the Cabinet tomorrow.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/15/2020, 9:00 PM

Bennett, Netanyahu clash on coronavirus closure

Defense Minister opposes extension off lockdown past tomorrow morning as proposed by Health Ministry,Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/9/2020, 9:26 PM

Experts warn that coronavirus tests have high rate of false-negatives

Many countries are relying on testing to get people back to work; research shows high rate of false-negatives makes testing unreliable.Y. Rabinovitz, 4/6/2020, 9:17 AM

'IDF soldiers come to Bnei Brak with big hearts'

Defense Minister Bennett says haredi community not to blame for higher rates of coronavirus infection.Shimon Cohen, 4/5/2020, 6:10 PM

4,500 Bnei Brak senior citizens to be taken to 'Corona hotels'

Ministers Bennett and Deri formulate plan to protect residents of Bnei Brak over the age of 80 from the coronavirus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/2/2020, 6:34 PM

Defense Minister Naftali Bennett tours Bnei Brak; calls residents 'exemplary'

Bennett visits Bnei Brak, promises assistance: 'Bnei Brak situation is complex, but we see great response from residents to obey guidelines'Mordechai Sones, 4/2/2020, 1:22 PM

Bennett: We're at war

DM Bennett demands responsibility for coronavirus crisis be moved from Health Ministry to defense establishment.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/1/2020, 5:56 PM

Shouts and accusations at Cabinet meeting

TV report: Cabinet meeting in which strict coronavirus restrictions were approved included loud arguments among participants.Arutz Sheva Staff, 4/1/2020, 6:36 AM

'There is light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel'

DM tells press conference there is no exponential growth in infection rate and mortality, Israel is country with lowest mortality rate.Mordechai Sones, 3/31/2020, 3:30 PM

Loud argument between Netanyahu and Bennett

PM and Defense Minister clash over coronavirus tests. Netanyahu: "We will now stop this argument and you can continue it on television."Ben Ariel, 3/31/2020, 4:08 AM

Bennett: Absolute prohibition on holding large Pesach seders

Defense Minister says holding of large seders for Passover would endanger lives of older family members during coronavirus crisis.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/30/2020, 4:24 PM

'Irresponsible to remove key players Bennett & Erdan at this time of crisis'

Yediot Aharonot's military correspondent calls on PM to retain Bennett as Defense Minister, says replacing him now will be costlyArutz Sheva staff, 3/30/2020, 1:35 PM

Likud may offer Foreign Ministry to Yamina

Blue & White apparently not interested in Foreign Ministry, prefers Education portfolio.Arutz Sheva staff, 3/30/2020, 11:19 AM

Bennett: There is light at the end of the tunnel

Defense Minister: If the government takes the right actions, Israel will be able to reopen after Passover in a gradual manner.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/29/2020, 5:25 AM

Watch: DM Naftali Bennett: 'We're going to hunker down'

Defense Min. Bennett says Israelis have been 'remarkable' in understanding need to isolate, urges awareness of surface contamination.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/25/2020, 3:00 PM

260 Israelis to enter isolation at hotel near Tiberias

Minister Bennett orders that Israelis returning from Italy be placed in isolation at Kinar Hotel near Tiberias.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/24/2020, 12:00 AM

Bennett: Privacy is important, but living is paramount

Defense Minister explains defense establishment's involvement in coronavirus response, says he supports government's moves to contain virus.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/18/2020, 6:04 PM

Emergency Provisions Committee convenes for the first time

Special committee for emergencies meets for the first time as Israel continues to deal with coronavirus outbreak.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/17/2020, 5:47 PM

Bennett calls up 2,500 reservists to deal with coronavirus

Defense Minister approves additional call-up of IDF reservists to assist medical establishment in dealing with coronavirus outbreak.Arutz Sheva Staff, 3/17/2020, 4:43 PM

'Welcome to Hotel Coronavirus: An oasis of pleasure and relaxation'

Defense Minister at Dan Panorama Hotel: 'National goal is to suppress spread; hotels will be home to light carriers in coming months.'Yoni Kempinski, 3/17/2020, 4:37 PM

Bennett orders reduction in number of Arab workers entering Israel

Closure on Bethlehem and the Gaza Strip will continue. Kerem Shalom crossing will operate as usual.Ido Ben Porat, 3/17/2020, 12:40 AM