Bennett Vows Return To Premiership, Calls On Us Jewry To ‘Embrace’ Israel

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NEW YORK (JNS) – Former Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet vowed on Monday to return to politics, comparing himself to Yitzhak Rabin and Benjamin Netanyahu, both of whom recaptured the premiership after lengthy periods out of office.

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“In Israel, we can be recycled. It never ends. Rabin was prime minister from ’74 to ’77 and came back. Bibi [Netanyahu] was prime minister from ’96 to ’99 and he’s back. So I’ll be back,” said Bennett.

He was speaking at the Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center in Manhattan at an event co-hosted by the UJA-Federation of New York.

Addressing the animus being directed by some circles at the current government, including over plans to reform the judiciary, Bennett implored U.S. Jewry to not turn its collective back on Israel.

“I urge you, don’t give up on Israel, even if we’re going through a midlife crisis,” he said. “We will overcome this, because the majority of the public wants a Jewish and democratic Israel, wants Judaism, does not want coercion.

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“When your family member goes through a crisis, you don’t give up on them—quite the contrary, you embrace them, you help them through this period,” added Bennett.

Bennett earlier this month criticized the proposed legal reforms by the Netanyahu-led government, tweeting: “It’s no secret that I believe that for generations, the judicial system has assumed excessive powers, and blocked any attempt at correction. I believe that certain changes are needed in the judicial system and in recent years we have even promoted some of them. But you don’t correct a historical distortion with another distortion.”

For his part, Netanyahu has repeatedly defended the plan to overhaul the legal system and called on opposition leaders to stop threatening “civil war” and speaking of “the destruction of the state.”

“The reform will be launched, and just as we weren’t daunted in the past from the attacks by the left and the media, we will not be daunted this time either,” said Netanyahu. “The discussion in most media channels around the legal reforms is intentionally superficial and one-sided. Everything is designed to foment false panic about the ‘end of democracy.’”

Bennett announced his resignation shortly after the decisive victory of Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc in the Nov. 1 national election, and informed then-Prime Minister Yair Lapid of his decision.

Bennett in June 2021 defected from the right in order to lead a coalition as part of a power-sharing agreement with Lapid.

In a Sept. 14 post, which he pinned to the top of his Facebook and Twitter accounts, Bennett described his decision to abandon his right-wing base and join forces with center-left, far-left and Islamist parties as the “best and most Zionist decision in my life.”


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YITZCHOKLEVI
YITZCHOKLEVI
1 year ago

Bennett wants us to forget that he led a government that could not function on behalf of Jews, because nothing could be done without the Arabs consenting. He sold out the Jewish state to the Arabs.
It is no mistake that his rule led to the present Jewish government.
Naftali, do us all a favor and stay out of politics.

Yeah Yaeh
Yeah Yaeh
1 year ago

Traitor.

triumphinwhitehouse
triumphinwhitehouse
1 year ago

UJA is ostensibly led by a yamaka averse CEO, bennett who better not to wear a yamaka spoke in a reform temple and had the Forvarts “reporter” kornbluh cover this event?

Armed and dangerous (ret.law enforcement)
Armed and dangerous (ret.law enforcement)
1 year ago

A man without a party a man that just about made it into the Knesset and needed the Arabs to get there thinks isreal would vote for him again. We maybe crazy but not stupid
Never again. One failure was enough

yosher
yosher
1 year ago

His very small yarmulkah matches his very small brain

anaymous
anaymous
1 year ago

Let Naftali join the tram of Biden woke anti semites. When will the Israeli left learn Israel is Eretz HaKodesh, it is the homeland of Yidden. Bennett will have the same mapolah as Sharon, Yossi Sarid & Shulamit Aloni. HaShem will continue to bless thise who follow Torah.

Anonymous
Anonymous
1 year ago

Preaching to those who feed on his narrative. Let him go to Bobov and do this. He can’t they’re too educated for him, regardless of his foils at the NY Times.

hm...
hm...
1 year ago

What does he do now?