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Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett served -briefly- as the 13th prime minister of Israel from June 13, 2021 to June 30, 2022.

Bennett has some contradictory history.

Business Insider described him the "tech millionaire son of Berkeley 'left-wingers'."[1] However, he was formerly an activist in Conservatives' Judea Samaria activities (including in what the MSM calls "settlement").

Then he had disappointed many conservatives[2] when setting up a coalition which included leftists and even the Islamic Ra'am party. On the other hand, the anti-Israel vocal ranting paper Haaretz (which represents a small percentage in that country) who attacked him prior to that, supported him because of that.

He succeeded in being elected at the time, as left smeared Netanyahu and around the time that NSO - Pegasus was used against Netanyahu and against his right wing government.[3]

In 2022, Netanyahu demanded a “strong and independent investigation” into the alleged police misuse of sophisticated spyware against him, calling it a “black day for Israel” as proceedings in his trial were put on hold. [4]


Aida Touma-Suleiman

In Mar. 2020, the Arab, Jihadists-apologetic, MK Aida Suleiman was accused of racism and lying, spreading libels by Bennet.[5]

Related on Suleiman:

Aida Touma with other Arabs sang about 3 Arab Muslim "Palestinians" who took part in the 1929 Hebron massacre,[6] which targeted pious religious Jews non-Zionists;[7][8][9] her embrace of paroled PFLP terrorist, in Sep/2021, sparked outrage.[10][11]

Bella Hadid: promoting vicious libel, fake quote on Bennett

In June, 2021, Bella Hadid promoted a viciously lie, libel, a fake invented quote (first by the unreliable-source Haaretz[12]) pushed by a racist lying radical Arab MK in Israel (Haneen Zoabi[13][14][15][16][17][18][19][20][21][22][23][24]) against Naftali Bennett, while what he actually said is, that he killed "many terrorists." Not "many Arabs."[25][26][27]

During a speech in which she said that ISIS were not terrorists, Zoabi attempted to equivocate Islamic “militant groups” with Israeli military actions.

Setting her sights on Bennett, she brought up the fact that he had served in an elite unit in the IDF and claimed that he was proud of killing Arabs.

“We have here ministers and Knesset members who are proud they’ve killed! The Education Minister [then Bennett] said, ‘in my time…I’ve killed Arabs,’” Zoabi said, referencing a quote that was widely circulated in Arab media.

The quote alleged that Bennett said, “I’ve killed many Arabs in my life, and I’m proud of it” or an alternative version,“I’ve killed many Arabs, and I have no problem with that.”

Bennett took to the podium directly after Zoabi to correct her. “I never said that,” Bennett said.

“What I actually said was that within the framework of my army service, we killed a lot of terrorists, and that’s a good thing, and it’s a shame that we didn’t kill more terrorists, because anyone who tries to hurt the State of Israel should die.”

But the debunked Bennett quote is not the first time Hadid has published a fake quote attributed to an Israel politician.

In May, she reposted an image from an account called zionism.unveiled, which read, “@ayelet.shaked, the former minister of justice for Israel, the same Israeli politician who encouraged genocide against the Palestinians, specifically pregnant mothers, made a statement on how 95% of content they’ve asked Facebook to remove has been removed.”

“This is actually frightening, they are committing ethnic cleansing and do not want the world to know about it!”

Shaked responded publicly, writing, “Bella, you should be ashamed for sharing the completely false and deeply offensive lie that I ever called for ‘genocide.’

“It’s this kind of baseless demonization that is encouraging antisemitic violence. Unlike Hamas and its supporters, we target terrorists and protect civilians.”

Confronting CNN's Amanpour

Interviewing Bennett in Apr 2022, as usual, CNN's Amanpour started off from the middle, from the point of Israeli defensive actions which came after a string of Arab massacres of innocent Israeli civilians. The same as regarding Israeli police action after Muslims attacked, using Al Aqsa Mosque.[28]

References

  1. https://www.businessinsider.com/naftali-bennett-son-of-berkeley-left-wingers-set-to-be-israel-pm-2021-6
  2. @itamarbengvir(May 4, 2021):
    My position towards Mansur Abbas is clear. Just yesterday we experienced a number of terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria. What should happen is that Bennett will change his position and stop squinting towards the left.
  3. Yehuda Vald, The Pegasus Affair: This is how the right-wing government was overthrown, Makor Rishon, 10.02.22.

    They had a problem. The majority of the people in Israel vote right. The national camp has been in power for too long and they had no democratic way to replace it, so they found a solution.

    The revelation this week [1] in the Calcalist newspaper about the activation of spy software against senior officials in the economy, including those close to Prime Minister Netanyahu, is the tip of the iceberg that has been revealed about the anti-democratic revolution led by influential people in the police and prosecutor's office to replace the right-wing government.

    The last election campaigns were in the shadow of Netanyahu's investigations, Yair Lapid and the Israeli left realized that in order to overthrow the right-wing government, they had to carry it a 'hit' through the police investigations the person who is at the head of the camp. They took crowds to the streets to protest the black flags while painting Netanyahu, who has been the leader of the right in recent years, as a corrupt criminal.

    The police investigations, the revelations of the prosecutor's office, all received the backing and backing of the media, which is agitated on the way to the targeted suppression. In front of Balfour, they cried out for justice and turned Netanyahu and his people into demons of moral corruption. They screamed for change and healing while spreading division, anarchy and hatred among the people.

    However, it turns out that the entire investigation event was allegedly carried out during illegal wiretapping and extracting information that is not admissible in a court of law. that officials in the law enforcement system carried out prohibited actions that cast a heavy shadow on the credibility of the allegations against Netanyahu.

    At the same time, of course, it turns out neither healing nor change. All the cries for a government with many ministers and Norwegians have been revealed as one big hypocrisy when the pure Lapid establishes a government inflated to the point of horror by himself, the cries of governmental opacity against the right-wing government shatter against a rampant cost of living and the cries of the weak strata that do not penetrate the walls of the ministers' chambers from the pleasure-seekers, the government is losing control of the corona and the health system collapses due to scandalous decision-making.

    Now it becomes clear why the Israeli left has stood as a wall against any ongoing attempt to amend or demand change in the law enforcement and judicial system.

    They realized that the only way to overthrow the right-wing government is through these systems that must not be left under the control of the extreme leftist elite. The exposure on the Pegasus system is a golden opportunity for a real cleaning of the stables in the vacuum systems, the light of justice will clean the clouds of dust in the form of a criminal shame that has penetrated deeply into the holy of holies of Israeli democracy.
    • @o52525 Replying to @tomer_ganon and @calcalist (Feb 6, 2022):
    Pegasus in the service of the left. [2]
  4. Report: Israel police used spyware on Netanyahu’s son, aides, AP, Feb 7, 2022
  5. Naftali Bennett to MK Touma Suleiman: "You are a liar, antisemitic and...", Channel 7, Mar 13, 2020.
    The defense minister attacked MK Thomas Suleiman, who claimed that the IDF was spraying Palestinians with unidentified material. "It is unbelievable that Boogie and Gantz are ready to form a government with you." Defense Minister Naftali Bennett today (Friday) sharply attacked MK Aida Toma Suleiman from the joint list, who defamed the IDF and claimed that he was spraying "unidentified material" on Palestinians in the Qalandiya crossing. You're a liar, antisemitic and... These are not IDF forces. It is the Palestinian Authority that has decided to disinfect the checkpoint and is carrying it out. "It is unbelievable that Boogie, Yvette, Ganz, Gabi and Lapid are ready to form a government with your finger," Bennett said.
  6. [Journalist] Ishay Fridman @IshayFridman Tweeted (Jun 19, 2020):
    At the 8th conference of the Hadash party, MKs and senior activists sang the song ("A funeral came from Acre prison") which tells about the heroism and moral character of the three. "They have become a symbol and role model from one end of the country to the other," MK (Mohammad) Barakeh and the current MK @AidaTuma sang at the time about 3 Palestinians who took part in the 1929 massacre.
  7. Gavron, D. (2008). Holy Land Mosaic: Stories of Cooperation and Coexistence Between Israelis and Palestinians. United States: Rowman & Littlefield. p. 91.
    An outstanding example is the Hebron massacre of 1929. On the negative side is the fact that the sixty - seven victims were non-Zionist religious Jews who had lived in peace with their Arab neighbors for centuries.
  8. Caplan, N. (2011). The Israel-Palestine Conflict: Contested Histories. Germany: Wiley. [3]
    ....including savage attacks on the long-established, non-Zionist, ultra-orthodox Jewish communities living in Hebron and Safed...
  9. Laqueur, W. (2008). The Changing Face of Anti-Semitism: From Ancient Times to the Present Day. United States: Oxford University Press, USA, p. 196.
    anti-Zionism turned increasingly into hostility againstall Jews. This manifested itselfearly on in physical attacks—for instance, the massacre of the old non-Zionist Hebron Jewish community in 1929; the Baghdad-Farhud pogrom of June 1941 in which hundreds were killed; attacks in Constantine, Algeria, in 1934; and the Tripoli, Libya, massacres in 1945 and 1948 in which many scores perished.
  10. Yori Yalon, "Arab MK's embrace of paroled PFLP terrorist sparks outrage," ILH, Sep 27, 2021.
    Joint Arab List lawmaker Aida Touma-Suleiman shares a photograph in which she embraces Khalida Jarrar, a senior Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine member, who was sentenced to two years in prison for involvement in a 2018 terror attack.
  11. Adv. Nitzana Darshan-Leitner (@AttorneyNitsana) Tweeted (Sep 26, 2021):
    MK Aida Touma Suleiman from the joint list writes in admiration of the release of Khaleda Jarrar, head of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, who was arrested in October 2019 as part of a wave of arrests of the organization's operatives following the assassination of Rene Shenrav. https://t.co/dM295gFh1n
  12. Jonathan Gottlieb, Bella Hadid spreads lies about Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, INN, 15.06.21.

    The American model who is known for her hatred of Israel is spreading fake news against Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

    The American model Bella Hadid, the daughter of a Muslim father who was born in Nazareth and moved to the USA, continues to spread fake news, this time with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett in the spotlight.

    Hadid uploaded to her Instagram account, which is followed by over 43 million people, a quote Bennett allegedly said in the past. "I have killed a lot of (Hadid lied) Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that," he is quoted as saying.

    But, this is a false quote that was never said by him. When this statement was attributed to him in 2013 in the Haaretz newspaper, he responded: "For the avoidance of doubt, the words were not said. At the cabinet meeting, I suggested that we stop endangering our soldiers and go out of our way to capture terrorists alive, because then the state releases them anyway. A terrorist who endangers the lives of our soldiers during its operation, it must be eliminated."

    Yesterday it was published in Haaretz newspaper... - Naftali Bennett - Naftali Bennett | Facebook

    Yesterday it was published in Haaretz newspaper that I said: "I have killed a lot (as it were) of Arabs in my life, and there is no problem with that" and also "If you catch terrorists, you should just kill them."

    For the avoidance of doubt: the things were not said. At the government meeting, I suggested that we stop endangering our soldiers and go out of our way to capture terrorists alive, because then the state releases them anyway. A terrorist who endangers the lives of our soldiers during his actions should be eliminated.

    Haaretz is allowed to think differently.

    I will live with it...

    Aug 8, 2013.

  13. Lieberman Slams Zoabi: Her Hatred is Intolerable INN, Feb 28, 2012. "I haven't seen so much hatred for the Jewish people..."
  14. Verbal Sparring in Knesset Between Zoabi, MK, INN, June 17, 2014.
  15. Arab MK Zoabi Says IDF ‘Worse than’ ISIS, Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu, INN, October 20, 2014. Not to be totally outdone by
    Zoabi’s love for hate, another one of her Balad party colleagues, MK Basel Ghattas, chimed in on Army Radio Monday to say that there is a big difference between the Israeli army and the Islamic State, which “unlike the IDF, has not committed crimes against humanity.
    Zoabi, a resident of Nazareth in the Galilee, is the same cheerleader for terror who was on the IHH terrorists’ Mavi Mamara ship aimed at breaking the maritime embargo on Hamas. She previously has used the Knesset podium to call Israel a Nazi state, reject Israel as a Jewish state, a basic part of the Balad party’s platform, and to dismiss the Iranian nuclear threat simply as one of “potential.” She also has sung the Palestinian anthem at a Hamas rally.
  16. Netanyahu Orders AG to Probe MK Zoabi on Criminal Incitement to Violence, INN, Oct 11, 2015.
    ... against MK Haneen Zoabi (Joint Arab List) over incitement for attacks on Israeli civilians.
  17. Zoabi refuses to participate in Holocaust Day, Tova Dvorin, INN, Apr 20, 2016. Arab MK claims Holocaust education has provided the justification for 'injustices' against Palestinians, and Israel is 1930s Germany.
  18. Ethics Committee report reveals Hamas TV funded MK Zoabi's Jordan trip, JPost, Dec 13, 2016.
    ... Anti- Defamation League, Hamas uses Al-Quds TV “to spread its messages promoting terrorism and hatred of Jews 
  19. ADL Condemns Israeli Knesset Member’s "Despicable Comparison" of Kristallnacht to Current Situation in Israel.
    New York, NY, November 9, 2015 … The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) today condemned Israel Member of Knesset Hanin Zoabi of the Arab Joint List Party for comparing the current situation in Israel to the period of Kristallnacht, the mass pogrom against Jews and Jewish businesses in Germany and Austria in November 1938.
  20. Zoabi’s words, [Ltr.] JPost, July 3, 2016.
    Zoabi’s words and gestures manifest the contempt with which she holds the Knesset and its members. Watching her posturing, her finger-wagging and the shocking hatred in her eyes made my blood boil like lava.
  21. MKs blame Zoabi for terrorist attack that killed 13-year-old girl Lahav Harkov, JPost, June 30, 2016.
    The Ethics Committee received more than 100 complaints, a record number, against Zoabi following her statements, most of which are from concerned citizens. In the past, the committee has suspended Zoabi from all Knesset activity except voting for periods of several months for repeatedly inciting terrorism. Yisrael Beytenu faction chairman Robert Ilatov said the “display of incitement and hatred we saw yesterday on the Knesset’s stage already has shocking ramifications: A young woman was murdered in her bed, while she was asleep.”
  22. Arab MK: Jews have no right to self-determination INN, Oct 13, 2017.
     Arab MK Hanin Zoabi compares Israel to Germany in the 1930s, says Israel should grant right of return to Arabs - but not Jews.
  23. Watch: Arab MK Removed from Podium for Calling IDF Soldiers Murderers INN, Jun 6, 2018
    —  ... Levin (Likud) responded, saying: “We witnessed another hate speech...
  24. After a tumultuous tenure of a decade: Hanin Zoabi announced her resignation from the Knesset Arik Bender, Maariv, Jan 5, 2019.
    “This is further proof we cannot let this supporter of terrorism in serve in the Knesset,” Ilatov said. The most memorable incident from the Knesset member, which also brought Zoabi to the public's consciousness for the first time in Israel, was Zoabi's participation in May 2010 in the IHH sponsored "Marmara" flotilla to Gaza of hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists from around the world. The flotilla ended in a violent confrontation between some of the operatives on the ship "Maui Marmara", which also had Zoabi on it, and a force of the 13th Fleet that took control of the ship. In 2014, Zoabi was suspended from the Knesset for a period of six months following a number of incidents and statements. Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein wrote in a complaint against her that Zoabi had published an article in which she encouraged Palestinians to "declare popular opposition and lay siege to Israel instead of negotiating with it." He also wrote that she said of the kidnappers of the three boys Gil-ad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach: "They are not terrorists, they are forced to use these means." Edelstein also mentioned Zoabi's confrontation with police in a demonstration against the IDF held in Haifa.
  25. Yoseph Haddad (@YosephHaddad) Tweeted: She did it again! This time, Bella Hadid leads her 43 million followers to believe that the new Prime Minister @naftalibennett is proud that he killed "lots of Arabs" ... Of course, Al Jazeera also joined the celebration ... But the truth is quite different! June, 15, 2021
  26. Bella Hadid and Al-Jazeera share slanderous quotes of PM Bennett, Gabrielle Abrams, JPost, June 16. 2021.

    Naftali Bennett is under fire as misquoted comments about the Prime Ministers' intentions to kill Palestinians have been shared by Bella Hadid and Al Jazeera publication, AJ+.

    Bennett, in a Knesset briefing in 2015, clarified that he was inaccurately quoted by former Joint List party member Haneen Zoabi as saying that "I killed a lot of Arabs in my life" when what he actually said was that he had killed many terrorists in the context of his army service. 

    Bennett added at the time that "this is good – and it is a shame we didn't kill more terrorists."
  27. Anti-Israel model reposts debunked ‘proud Arab killer’ quote attributed to Bennett Janglo. July 15, 2021
  28. PM Bennett to CNN: 'I object - these are not occupied territories', INN, 20.04.22.

    Grilled by CNN's Amanpour, PM Naftali Bennett provides the necessary background and perspective to understand the current wave of violence.

    Prime Minister Naftali Bennett was interviewed on Wednesday by Christiane Amanpour of CNN and grilled on the latest wave of violence and its implications for his and his government's political future. Asked to explain why he allowed IDF soldiers to enter the Al Aqsa Mosque, given the fact that the footage is then broadcast over the world and inflames tensions, Bennett replied, "As usual, you're starting in the middle of the story.

    "Last Friday, 300 Palestinians barricaded themselves on the Temple Mount, preventing other Muslims from praying," Bennett continued, as Amanpour grimaced. "My responsibility is to ensure freedom of religion for everyone, and that's why I was obligated to send in police officers ... enabling 80 thousand Muslims to pray there peacefully afterward... I had to send in policemen to remove the rioters. And it worked. "When faced with violence you have to act tough," Bennett added...

    "What you've been projecting is blatantly false," responded Bennett. "I object to the symmetry you're trying to create here ... who's getting murdered? We're not seeing Israelis murdering Palestinians." Over Amanpour's protests, the Prime Minister continued: "I also object - these are not occupied territories...

    "Israel is peaceful," he said. "About a month ago, unfortunately, a new wave of terror was thrown upon the Israeli public. We lost 14 people in four terror attacks. In Tel Aviv center, Arab Muslim terrorists, some of them affiliated with ISIS, came with rifles and started shooting people on the street. This is unacceptable.

    "I object to the notion of 'both sides.' When they don't attack us, we have no issue with them. But when they do attack us, I have to fight back and hit them at their terror bases. That's what any leader would do and that's what I'm doing."

    Bennett explained that when Israel pulled out of Gaza over a decade ago, pulling back to the '67 lines, “What we got in return is hell, tens of thousands of rockets shot at us.

    "I’m not in the business of playing experiments on the Israeli people," he stressed. "What I am doing is people to people peace. Bottom up. Getting more jobs for Palestinians, better paying jobs. Improving the economy. That’s what I believe in. And I have to say the Palestinians are experiencing unprecedented prosperity."