Bennett: It’s Time to Apply Israeli Law to Gush Etzion


benBayit Yehudi party leader Minister Naftali Bennett stated during a faction meeting that after a half year of Palestinian terror, it is time to apply Israeli law to Gush Etzion, calling to annex the liberated area as an official part of the State of Israel.

“A nation cannot be viewed as occupying its own land” he added, stating the time has come to annex Gush Etzion as was done in areas of Yerushalayim and the Golan Heights in 1967. He feels it is a mistake to continue talks surrounding a compromise and land withdrawals.

In response to his statements, opposition leader MK Yitzchak Herzog stated the idea is a bad one, “annexing millions of Palestinians like millions of mosquitoes around us. We need to drain the swamp. This is precisely the hashkafa and the separation plan is the basis of this. This is the only viable plan, to not change the reality for the mosquitoes will bite us”.

(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)


  1. Tell Mr. Herzog that the mosquitoes are already biting us. It’s about time we choose to start taking over all our land in Israel and start beginning to drain all the swamps of mosquitoes like we did in the 1800s. And we built a beautiful land, with G-d’s help– until the Arab mosquitoes took over. Time to get rid of them.

  2. I’m not sure what herzog means but there may be some advantage (though i do prefer annexation) to the present situation. Life for arabs in the west bank and certainly gaza is not pleasant to put it mildly. Thousands of young arabs are leaving the west bank every year to escape the corruption of the PA and losing work permits in Israel or delays in traffic and losing jobs to other foreigners etc. The demographics are working in our favour. Jewish birthrates are up while arab is plummeting. Net Jewish immigration is rising (again, with huge potential from Europe). Net Arab immigration is negative. Oslo was bad for us but it was terrible for the quality of life of every Arab. Former MK Feiglin likes to quote statistics that in 15 years 80% of the population between the Jordan and the sea will be jewish (exc. gaza). So let the Arabs suffer a few more years under their own leaders that they chose and maybe wait till all the young “mosquitos” escape before we give them the benefits of a western democracy that dont kill someone for selling his house.