“I am Yahweh; that is My Name! I will not give My glory to anyone else, nor share My praise with carved idols.” (Isaiah 42: 8)
The Jerusalem Post—[Naftali] Bennett Reveals Plan for Peace, Calls for Drastic West Bank Change:
Naftali Bennett proposes gradually ending Israeli military rule in Area C, applying Israeli law and offering full Israeli citizenship to the 80,000 Palestinians living there.
Education Minister Naftali Bennett has invested in Arab schools, boosted teaching Arabic to Jewish children and Hebrew to Arabs, wants to expand infrastructure and economic development for West Bank Palestinians, defends LGBTs and hopes his Bayit Yehudi party will have its first non-Jewish MK.
So much for the right-wing, religious extremist image he has been given by the Israeli satire shows Gav Ha’uma and Eretz Nehederet.
Bennett has been pushing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to the Right on key issues. The prime minister often shifts rightward and copies Bennett after statements by the Bayit Yehudi leader gain political traction.
Yet Bennett has also given a cold shoulder to the politicians in the hawkish National Union party that ran with Bayit Yehudi in the last election. Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel and MK Bezalel Smotrich were not invited to a September 26 Bayit Yehudi convention despite the fact that Bennett and Bayit Yehudi MKs were invited to a National Union convention two weeks earlier.
Netanyahu spoke to the National Union convention by video from abroad, but Bennett did not bother acknowledging the event by sending a tape and he shunned the diplomatic plan that the National Union passed, which calls for encouraging Palestinians and Israeli Arabs to move to other countries.
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The three Israeli politicians that I trust the most are Naftali Bennett (Minister of Education), Tzipi Hotovely (Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs), and Ayelet Shaked (Minister of Justice).
I don’t trust any politician blindly, but these three stand out in my mind because they are straightforward and honest. They say what they mean, and they mean what they say.
Although I don’t agree with Naftali Bennett all the time, I do agree with him most of the time. If he proposes a peace plan, we should pay attention.
Prime Minister Netanyahu decided to remove the metal detectors. He made a mistake. Bennett was right.
“The glory which You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them and You in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, so that the world may know that You sent Me, and loved them, even as You have loved Me. Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, be with Me where I am, so that they may see My glory which You have given Me, for You loved Me before the foundation of the world.” (John 17: 22-24)
See “His Name is Yahweh”.