Bennett: I Oppose Establishing a Palestinian State

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett says his government will not allow Hamas to accumulate more rockets in the Gaza Strip.

  • Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
    Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Tuesday his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state, calling it a "mistake". 

The Israeli Channel 12 conducted a lengthy interview with Bennett Tuesday evening, on the occasion of his 100th day as prime minister, during which Bennett announced his opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state, claiming that it would be a "mistake" to make the West Bank like Gaza.

Bennett explained that his government will not allow Hamas to accumulate more rockets in the Gaza Strip, threatening that if the truce does not succeed, there are alternatives, which he did not specify.

He explained that his task as the Israeli Prime Minister is to provide "security and tranquility" to the Israeli citizens.

The Israeli broadcaster, Kan, quoted Naftali Bennett, speaking about the Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Abu Mazen, that "it does not make sense to me to speak to a man who has sued the leaders of the Israeli army in the Hague."

Israeli media indicated that the Prime Minister, in an interview for Yedioth Ahronoth, mentioned the meeting of Defense Minister Benny Gantz with Palestinian Authority President Abu Mazen, confirming that his perception is different from the Defense Minister's.