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Israeli Cabinet Minister Naftali Bennett Boasts about Killing Arabs

Naftali Bennett (Photo: The Israel Project)

Naftali Bennett (Photo: The Israel Project)

An Israeli cabinet minister has raised eyebrows and ire by calling for the extrajudicial execution of Palestinian prisoners and by boasting about how he’s “killed lots of Arabs” in his life.

+972 Magazine reports Minister of Industry, Trade and Labor Naftali Bennett made his comments in opposition to the Israeli government’s decision to release 104 Palestinian prisoners ahead of revived peace talks with the Palestinian Authority scheduled to begin in Washington, DC on Monday.

Bennett, who is also the leader of the far-right, religious Jewish Home party, is dead-set against the prisoner release.

“If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them,” Bennett reportedly declared, according to Israeli news sources including the leading Tel Aviv daily Yedioth Ahronoth.

When Israeli National Security Adviser Yaakov Amidror, who is no dove when it comes to the Palestinians, reminded Bennett that such extrajudicial executions are illegal, the cabinet minister reportedly shot back that he’d personally killed plenty of Arabs.

“I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life– and there’s no problem with that,” Bennett retorted.

Naftali Bennett

Bennett also participated in a protest against the prisoner release ahead of the cabinet meeting at which the government decided to free the men.

According to the Jewish Press, Bennett wrote on his Facebook page that “terrorists should be killed, not released.”

Bennett is no stranger to controversy over his politically charged remarks. He is an outspoken opponent of Palestinian statehood and recently referred to Palestinians as “shrapnel in the butt” of Israel.

“I will do everything in my power to make sure [the Palestinians] never get a state,” Bennett told the New Yorker earlier this year.

Opponents of Palestinian statehood point to the fact that there never was a Palestinian state to begin with to justify a position which enjoys little support outside Israel and the United States. Bennett, like all Zionists, believes that a supernatural deity, “God,” promised the Jews, “His chosen people,” all of Palestine in ancient times. Thousands of years ago, numerous Jewish kingdoms existed in Palestine. But from biblical times until the early 20th century, Jews never numbered more than 10 percent of the population of the territory that would become the modern state of Israel following more than half a century of Jewish immigration.

In reasserting their claim to their ancient homeland, Zionist colonists from Europe, many of them fleeing anti-Semitic pogroms and, later, the horrors of the Holocaust, carried out their own campaign of terrorism and ethnic cleansing during which more than 700,000 Arabs were expelled from Palestine in 1948-49, with another 200,000 forced out after Israel occupied the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Syrian Golan Heights during the 1967 Six Day War.

In the decades that followed, more than half a million Jewish settlers established and expanded more than 100 colonies throughout the occupied territories. Although both Israel’s occupation and its settlements are illegal under international law and have been condemned by dozens of United Nations resolutions, successive Israeli governments have defiantly ignored the law and international consensus and forged ahead with what some critics call the ongoing ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

The ‘Arab terrorists’ Bennett wishes to kill are fighting against this illegal occupation and colonization of Palestine. Mightily outgunned by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), which receive billions of dollars in aid and highly advanced weaponry each year from the United States, some Palestinian resistance fighters resort to heinous acts of terrorism. But far more Arabs have been killed by Israelis than the other way around, and as David Ben-Gurion, the ‘George Washington of Israel,’ once remarked, “A people which fights against the usurpation of its land will not tire so easily.”

Or, as Yuval Diskin, formerly the head of the Israeli intelligence agency Shin Bet, recently observed: “To them (the Palestinians), I was the terrorist… One man’s terrorist is another man’s freedom fighter.”

Bennett, who is only an Israeli because his parents emigrated there from San Francisco following the 1967 war during which hundreds of thousands of Arabs were expelled by Jews from territories to which they had direct, centuries-old ties, would do well to remember this before inciting deadly violence against a “people fighting against the usurpation of its land.”

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  1. Victor XAugust 1, 2013 at 6:54 amReply

    How would we save people’s lives and secure resources which would otherwise be squandered on murder?

    Throw Naftali Bennett into a bottomless pit.

  2. toboldlygoAugust 1, 2013 at 11:52 amReply

    Just another dirty little mouse that will be stepped on once the world has had enough of the terrorist state of Israel.

  3. DavidJanuary 11, 2015 at 6:42 pmReply

    In a reality where a single Israeli captive frees hundreds of convicted murderers, Israel must find a way to eliminate the incentive of the terror organizations to kidnap Israelis. Convicted terrorists earn academic degrees in Israeli prisons and conduct training programs in military topics so when freed they return to their units more effective and lethal. Being enemy combatants and not soldiers of a recognized military, the Geneva convention does not apply to them.

    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 12, 2015 at 8:52 amReplyAuthor

      That’s exactly what the US says about the prisoners in its Guantánamo prison. And guess what– international law applies to EVERYONE. There are NO exemptions.

  4. DavidJanuary 11, 2015 at 7:05 pmReply

    The article compares the birthright of bennett to those in the Arab camp. Assuming the refugees are indigenous to the territory of Israel, it does not guarantee citizenship. Arabd are busy in uprooting communities from Iraq and Syria who lived there prior to the Arab occupation. Greeks who lived in Alexandria at the time of Cleopatra were kicked out from Egypt by Nasser. Greeks in Cyprus cannot go back to their houses in the territory the Turks occupied and Germans who were born in the Sudetenland in Czechoslovakia cannot go back either.
    In San Francisco there are many Arabs who are second or third generation natives who never saw Israel but call themselves Palestinian refugees. Arabs seem to have a special standing in the world and its organizations.
    Bennett is not impressed with their propaganda.

  5. DavidJanuary 11, 2015 at 7:37 pmReply

    The history of Israel as described in this article is very creative. Ask the average Arab to tell you about the origins of the Philistines and speak a sentence or two in their original language. You see, the Kopts speak Egyptians, The Iranians speak Farsi, The Greeks speak Greek.The Palestinians are a collections of ethnic groups from neighbouring areas. Definitely not a cohesive national entity who moved into Palestine within the last few centuries. For comparison,, the Bores in South Africa came there over 300 years ago. It did not buy them a national recognition.
    The argument however, was finished when the Arabs decided that they will get a better deal by pushing the Jews into the sea regardless of the arguments. They lost and any attempt since than with the help of the Soviets, the English and other powers, the Arabs lost. This is the real situation today and the Arabs will continue any trick in the book to change reality.

  6. alon learJanuary 11, 2015 at 11:54 pmReply

    if you like Arabs and think you want to help them than all this Israel hate is stupid. we are not saints but if you take the correct proportions we are.
    taking the correct proportions and circumstances. (if you can be honest which i doubt) the Arabs are much more violent, unjust and plain stupid. the truth is out there an honest man can see it : if the Arabs lay there arms there will be peace if we lay arms there will be a slaughter. first of all of us Jews and then they will kill each other as they do all over. you can always find details of unpleasant things we do especially if you take it out of context as you do. but you have to understand Israel is your solution not your problem! and those showing us as monsters and covering up the Arab violence are not your friends they! kill you!! because they make the Arab violence seem profitable, a route to victory.

    • Brett WilkinsJanuary 12, 2015 at 8:54 amReplyAuthor

      If by “correct proportions” you mean 100 Palestinian lives for an Israeli life, then you are correct.

  7. alon learJanuary 12, 2015 at 12:05 amReply

    hate is a poison one takes into hi body and wait for someone else to die.
    i don’t hate you but it dos make me sad to know that you hate me.
    we are not criminals and not monsters. look for the truth it is out there. unless hating is your favorite hobby and you relay like it.
    i can show you that we are good people
    love to all

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