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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Bennett kinda sorta apologizes

This was kinda sorta predictable. Economics Minister Naftali Bennett has kinda sorta apologized to Prime Minister Netanyahu.
"In recent days there has been a lot of discussion about the idea of the Palestinian Authority (PA) retaining sovereignty over Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and certain people from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) have tried to turn an existential conversation into personal attacks [on the PM] that were never there," Bennett stated to the press. 
Bennett formally apologized to the Prime Minister, stating, "if the Prime Minister was hurt [by my remarks] - that was never my intention." 
The Minister stressed that he respects Netanyahu's leadership under "not-so-simple conditions." 
"I see the Prime Minister and his Cabinet and in the government and I acknowledge that he is under immense pressure," Bennett stated.
However, Bennett also stated that while he is apologizing for his remarks, he maintains the right to criticize, saying: "I support the Prime Minister like I have to and I criticize him like I have to. It is my obligation."
The apology-of-sorts resembled a similar one issued by Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon, after coming under fire for branding US Secretary of State John Kerry "obsessive and messianic" in his pursuit of a political deal between Israel and the PA. After immense pressure, Ya'alon apologized for any personal offense to Kerry over his comments, but notably did not retract his views.
But the Jewish Home head noted that his criticism had succeeded in "shooting down" the idea of abandoning Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
The report goes on to say that tensions between Netanyahu and Bennett were stoked by a 'senior aide' to Netanyahu who had it in for Bennett. I didn't know that Sara Netanyahu was billing herself a 'senior aide.' Maybe she's learning from Mooch who went along on one of President Obama's Africa trips by calling herself and her daughters senior aides.

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