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Bennett Tears Apart Kerry’s ‘New Deal’ for Palestinian Authority

Kerry is whistling Dixie to think that everything that helps the Palestinian Authority helps Israel.
Naftali Bennett (c) at his primaries victory party, November 7, 2012.

Naftali Bennett, after he was elected in 2012 to lead the Jewish Home party.
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Naftali Bennett, Israel’s Minister of Economy and the head of the Jewish Home party, told a party meeting Monday that the claim that a two-state solution will benefit both the Palestinian Authority and Israel is a lie.

He labeled the “economic” track as another excuse to divide Israel. One of  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry’s selling points is a  $4 billion package of goodies for his dream of a Palestinian Authority state alongside an Israel that would be less than half its size since the Six-Day War in 1967.

“A Palestinian state would destroy Israel’s economy,” Bennett said in an unusually aggressive speech that reflects his certainty that Kerry’s peace talk venture is headed to the same destination as its source – the cemetery where the peace process was buried more than three years ago.

Bennett pulled out a map of the “New Israel,” as originally proposed by the Saudi Initiative of 2002 and since adopted in principle by the United Nations and the United States..

“How will Israel’s economy look if a rocket will fall in …central Herzliya? [or] a missile brings down a plane at Ben Gurion Airport?” he asked.

He said that the peace talk promoters are using the economy like they once used “peace” and “demographics” as excuses to divide Jerusalem and separate Judea and Samaria from Israel.

Bennett is sounding more and more assured recently, and his sharp political antenna sense what foreign media and Israel’s anti-Netanyahu media refuse to acknowledge – that Kerry is headed for a crash landing.

He has made the same mistake as every wannabe peacemaker before him – George Mitchell, David Hale, Condoleezza Rice, Hillary Clinton and a host of others who will not be credited even in footnotes when historians look back ask what on Earth the United States was thinking when it thought it could change the Middle East into an extension of Foggy Bottom.

The funny thing it, and it really is sad, is that none of the Western do-gooders looked at the economies of Judea, Gaza and Samaria before and after 1967.

Egypt treated Arabs in Gaza as if they were on the moon, while Jordan at least acknowledged that Arabs in Judea and Samaria were on the same planet, but nothing more.

Growth was stagnant. Education was poor. Infrastructure remained undeveloped. Thanks to the Jordanian prohibition of Christians and Jews from visiting holy sites, tourism was miserable.

All of that changed in 1967. After the war, the Arabs in Judea, Gaza and Samaria were freed from the yoke of their Arab rulers. The entire region blossomed. Israelis flocked to the “occupied” territories to buy cheaper goods and produce.

Israel opened up all holy sites to all religions. Hundreds of thousands of Arabs, not yet called Palestinians, worked in Israel.

Yasser Arafat, born in Egypt, changed all of that.

Bennett should have brought out the graphs of the economy before and after Arafat to show how the Intifada destroyed the Palestinian Authority economy.

The next illogical step, as Bennett warned Monday, is to destroy the Israeli economy.

About the Author: Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.


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13 Responses to “Bennett Tears Apart Kerry’s ‘New Deal’ for Palestinian Authority”

  1. Wish Bennett would tear apart Kerry

  2. Candid college boy Kerry doesn’t know sh*t about the mentalities of the region, he hasn’t even grasped the fact that the Palestinians don’t want peace as they say and show it openly at every opportunity.

  3. Perhaps a good way to get the message across to Kerry is to have a nation wide march in protest of Kerry's reckless peace policy. Naftali Bennett is correct and the vast majority of Israelis know that his proposal will not bring peace nor prosperity but death and destruction.

  4. Not one Jewish home should be uprooted from Judea and Samaria!

  5. Naftali ought to run for prime minister, Israel needs some new blood in their leadership.

  6. Beatrice Groetsch says:

    Naftali speak true words♥

  7. Unless you want a repeat o what happened to the Jewish people in the 30's and 40's you had better stay clear of Kerry and the boy king and their ideas. They don't give a damn about what happens to the Jewish Nation or its people. Don't screw up again. Learn from history.

  8. ennet is correct, it is time that Netanyahu calls for new elections if he is honest and will stay good with the Israeli public, Kerry should stay home making ketchup that is the only job he can make.

  9. Frederick Pasquala says:

    Its quite simple: if one were to look at the economies of the 22 Arab states and how they are doing should be enough evidence that Arabs who call themselves Palestinians are doing better. First there is no "Palestinian " territory that has been codified in International Law. None! There is an Armistice Line drawn up in 1967 – which is not a territorial border of any type… this was where the Jordanians/ Egyptians agreed to stop the fighting…

    Its disputed territory… the evidence is so obvious..in 1964 Article 24 in the 1964 version of the PLO Charter says :

    "This Organization does not exercise any regional sovereignty over the West Bank in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, on the Gaza Strip or the Himmah Area."

    In 1967 the PLO Charter was changed to include the West Bank Gaza and Judea because of the failed Arab attack on Jews in 1967 where Jews reclaimed East Jerusalem and other Judean lands.

  10. Chinese says:

    Thank G-D for brave man like Bennet. In history Only some Jews were called Palestinian Jews, And today so call Palestinians were called Arabs. Kerry is anti G-D because of what he is doing, writing is on the for him.

  11. Chinese says:

    writing is on the wall for Kerry

  12. Didn't you know Kerry (and wife) sold Heinz to the largest British Bank run by W Buffet last year for something north of 10 Billion!!!?? BOYCOTT HEINZ!! I'll never buy anything Heinz again. Berkshire Hathaway now owns it. Buy American.

  13. Consider the Source- President?Obama!! Kerry faked in Vietnam to get "Purple Heart" medal for being wounded?! Then Kerry took his Medals awarded for service ,and threw them on the steps of the White House in protest to the war. He is still a Facist, working to control Israel, and give more land to the terrorist Muslims. He now wants more medals to impress Obama and this time while IN the White House !!! Our U.S. Government has no idea of how people live in Muslim countries. We are being run by stupid, self serving servants of Satan! But our God is still in Charge, Amen. C.S. ( U.S. ARMY RET.)

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