Leader of the Jewish Home Party, Israeli Economy and Trade Minister, Naftali Bennett, threatened that his party would withdraw from the government coalition with Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, of the Likud Party, should Israel âgrant any concession to the Palestinians in peace talksâ.Israeli daily Maariv said that Bennett, who leads one of the largest coalition parties, said that granting concessions to the Palestinians would pose what he called âa serious threat to Israelâ, and that his party âwill not allow that to happenâ.
Bennett also stated that his party will not only withdraw from the government, but will lead âa political battle at the Knesset to stop any agreement and any concession provided by the government, starting with foiling the Poll Law that the Knesset intends to vote onâ.
He told Party leaders in the north of the country that his party would not stand idle âwhile the government concedes to the Palestiniansâ.
Yet, he added, âWithout peace, the Jews cannot fulfill their dream of a Jewish and a Zionist stateâ, but added that achieving peace must be based on Israeli standards, and should first serve Israel and its security interests.
He also claimed that Palestinian President, Mahmoud Abbas, and his Authority, are trying to strip Israel of its international legitimacy, by filing applications at the United Nations, and its affiliated organizations.
Bennett further said that peace for Israel is based on boosting both Israeli and Palestinian economies, without making any political concessions.
He believes that peace can be reached by granting a better economy to the âself-rule area of the Palestinian Authority without giving the Palestinians more landâ, and without establishing an independent Palestinian State.