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An Ambushed Bennett Shoots Back and Scores


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During the Q&A session of an election panel discussion at the Ono Academic College, Naftali Bennett, head of the Bayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party, was ambushed by the head of the college’s Student Union, who demanded that Bennett sign a statement that he [Bennett] would not refuse orders to expel Jews from their homes.

Bennett had set off a storm when he answered on Nissim Mishal’s show that he would be personally incapable of following an order to uproot a Jew, or an Arab, from their home. Following that statement, and the subsequent attacks from the Likud party, Bennett’s party spiked upwards in the polls.

At first Bennett tried to sidestep the ambush a number of times, including answering that the whole question is hypothetical.

But holding the paper in hand, which he demanded Bennett sign, the Student Union head refused to back down, at which point Bennett got up and said, “I will not be pressured or threatened.”

Bennett walked out of the panel, but not before taking one final parting shot when he announced, “Every single Israeli party must sign a statement that they won’t expel Jews from their homes.”

And upon hearing that, the audience broke out in loud applause.

Can we say “Kol HaKavod”?

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4 Responses to “An Ambushed Bennett Shoots Back and Scores”

  1. Charlie Hall says:

    He sounds like he is trying to have it both ways.

  2. Kenneth Mathews says:

    Mr. Bennet should state simply that an order to remove Jews from their homes to appease terrorist organizations, hostile NGO's, nations and international organizations is an illegal order. The law requires a soldier to disobey illegal orders. Refusing an illegal order is not insubordination.Jewish Home should state clearly that they will pass a law stating this expressly.

  3. Mark L. Shane says:

    I think students GOT HIM but he pulled everyone into the sinking ship a study of his own survival dynamics on one hand , but also a fair response to being cornered.

  4. Hadar Israel says:

    No. It sounds like the leftists are trying to have it both ways saying that it is immoral to expel Arabs from OUR land but it is even compulsory to expel Jews from OUR land.
    It sounds also like in the Likud they are desperate, since they know that they are sinking in the polls (that's what I call losing ten mandates in two weeks!), and hopefully the People of Israel won't fall for the usual B.S. Netanyahu, Mofaz and Livni style.

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