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November 19, 2013 1:45 am

Minister Bennett: Now is Most Fateful Time for Israel Since Yom Kippur War

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Minister Naftali Bennett at New York's 92nd st Y. Photo: Joyce Culver.

On a mission in the U.S. to represent Israel’s position on the ongoing nuclear talks between Iran and world powers, the Jewish state’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett was blunt and to the point, speaking before a crowd at Manhattan’s 92nd Street Y Sunday.

“It is the most fateful days since the Yom Kippur War in Israel,” he said, referring to the time since the founding of modern Israel that the country was most in peril.

“If a decade from now, God forbid, a nuclear suitcase blows up in an American city, we will be able to trace it back to these days, where a bad deal was signed,” he warned, reiterating his country’s very public insistence that world powers, now negotiating with Tehran over the country’s nuclear program, don’t ease up on sanctions unless Iran agrees to give up its nuclear infrastructure.

“If a nuclear missile hits Rome or Paris or Madrid or Tel Aviv five years from now, it will be because of these days,” he continued, explaining, “Because if Iran does acquire a nuclear weapon, the entire region is telling us right now, they are being very upfront, we want one too. Saudi Arabia, Syria, Libya, Yemen, the Emirates, the Middle East is going to be a hell, it is going to be a nuclear nightmare with all these rouge maniacal regimes with bombs.”

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“Now is the time to prevent all this,” he cautioned. “We are giving it (diplomacy) our best shot, but I will be clear, whatever happens, in any event, Israel has the ability to defend itself and Israel will defend itself,” Bennett pledged. The crowd in the half full auditorium responded with enthusiastic applause.

Highlighting the nature of the Iranian regime and its terror activism across the globe the Minister described Iran as the world’s biggest exporter of terror. “We are not talking about Switzerland, these guys aren’t dancing ballet,” he said. “These are terrorists operating in over 5 continents and 24 states, exporting terror from Kazakhstan to Thailand, to Israel. They were about to murder an ambassador in Washington D.C.”

Bennett was interviewed at the event by Dan Senor, author of the popular book, Start Up Nation, which covers Israel’s economic successes in the field of innovation. A start-up entrepreneur himself Bennett touted Israel as a “lighthouse nation” which shares valuable technologies with developing nations around the world.

Addressing Israel’s ongoing peace talks with the Palestinian Authority, Bennett was equally forthright. “Indeed Prime Minister Netanyahu is very focused on moving forward towards founding a Palestinian State in the land of Israel, and I vehemently oppose it,” he said.

“I don’t think they are going to reach a deal, and I don’t think anyone thinks they are going to reach a deal,” he added, explaining, “Let’s assume they do reach a deal with Abu Mazen (PA President Mahmoud Abbas) for Judea and Samaria. Does it also cover Gaza? Or do we have to give up all of Judea and Samaria and then we are left with 1.5 million people (in Gaza) who say […] we are not part of the deal, we still want to kill you?”

“I am not willing to risk my children’s lives for some experiment that some American or European thinks is the right way,” he said.

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  • Remnant

    THE SHRINKING DOWN OF ISRAEL

    None of what I’m about to say, is in any way rascist. I can say what I’m about to say….partly because I’m Irish, and mostly because I’m politically incorrect.
    There’s an old saying….”how many Irish men does it take to screw in a lightbulb”….I know, I know…..its long ceased being funny. By the same token….” How many Israelis can dance on a pinhead “. Hopefully by now, you get where this is going.

    I just can’t believe, that Israelis, and their government….still subscribe to the fantasy of ‘LAND FOR PEACE’ ? Do you not realise that there is no end to this process, and never can be….until your are all left trying to dance on the head of a pin ??

    Please….if you are going to give away land which has been your heritage for thousands of years…to those who scorn and hate you….at least consider giving a little of it to the declared love of christians…who will commit to your prosperity as a nation, and an unconditional love for your people ?

  • kristine rinaldi

    The Truth is the only freedom any individual will ever have. As for Israel, I am very grateful for this God given nation. It amazes me how few people in the world realize the favor this nation has for lasting as long as they have as a people. Israel has been in existence for around 3500 years and Christians have been here for over 2000 years. The Muslims have been around since the 7oos and yet the Palestinians think they should have Jerusalem and their own state for the Muslims of that area. These people are refugees because the Muslim countries surrounding them have not waned to take them in, thus they remain refugees. They have have done nothing to make that land productive, created nothing in the field of medicine, education agriculture or anything else for that matter. They are now being taught to be hate mongers….hating their neighbors Israel, for making that land livable. The Jews ingenuity has made the desert bloom and made that land more livable and taken it out of the 7th century. Since 1948 all you have to do is take an honest look to the great achievements that have come about due to the Jews. The only thing the Muslims have to offer the world is slavery of women, and going backward to live under shea law. their whole belief is backward and the only thing they have is their guns…..and by the way, they didn’t come up with that idea either. they wouldn’t have guns either if they weren’t given to them. They still use their swords to cut off people’s heads who believe differently than they do.They kill their own daughters for being raped, they kill any Muslim who who chooses to chanagae their religion. Everything they have that is good has come from the West. They are pathetic in their death wish….nothing to offer but destruction and death. If we allow Iran to get a nuclear bomb, we will deserve what we get. If we keep giving money to the Mideast, as I was told back in the 1990’s from a person in Beirut, “If you’re (US) so stupid to keep giving us money, you deserve what you get.” Well there you have it! Why would anyone in their right mind think Muslims would tell the truth about anything!? Islam even teaches it is OK to lie to get what you want. Islam therefor is a lie, an untruth. These poor people have been lied to for centuries. They have been kept in the dark ages. They need the Truth! They believe that Ishmael went up the mountain with Abraham (What a lie)! They obviously believe God can’t keep His Word. Issac, Abraham’s son with Sarah went up the mountain with Abraham Not Ishmael, the son of an unmarried Egyptain woman. Islam is a lie! Israel will never be totally destroyed. I hate lies, lies that destroy and would try and swallow up the Truth if that were possible. Thankfully it is impossible for darkness to overtake the Truth, Light. Where The truth is darkness flees!

    K~

    • kristine rinaldi

      What do you mean by “Moderation”? The state of affairs facing Israel right now; Iran’s stated purpose of getting rid of Israel and destroying the Nation is anything but moderate! Why do you want to water down the truth?! The leadership of Iran is very dangerous to Israel and the US. I’m just wanting you all to wake up and be real. Truth doesn’t kill a person or a people; but A lie does!

      K~

  • Nico Bester

    Judaism and the Judaeo-Christian heritage is one of the foundational Pillars of Western Civilisation. These pillars are all under concerted and co-ordinated attack by the combined forces of liberalism, Islam, left-leaning media and the academy. To counter this and win the battle, we must make common cause with Israel; Conservatism needs two things: UNITY and ACTION. The side that wins the social narrative, wins the war of ideas; and the side that wins the war of ideas, changes the society. We need to win the war of ideas. Stick together! Connect with other Conservatives everywhere! Do it NOW! See http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00c61zeo8

  • Nico Bester

    Yes. Judaism and the Judaeo-Christian heritage is one of the foundational Pillars of Western Civilisation. These pillars are all under concerted and co-ordinated attack by the combined forces of liberalism, Islam, left-leaning media and the academy. To counter this and win the battle, we must make common cause with Israel; Conservatism needs two things: UNITY and ACTION. The side that wins the social narrative, wins the war of ideas; and the side that wins the war of ideas, changes the society. We need to win the war of ideas. Stick together! Connect with other Conservatives everywhere! Do it NOW! See http://www.amazon.com/dp/b00c61zeo8

  • Rick

    Fortunately for Israel, Scripture says that all of her enemies will be completely, totally, and finally destroyed.

  • Malcolm Isted

    I agree with Mr Bennett’s dire warnings. However the scenario he is painting will not come to pass. Within 2 years from now Israel will have defeated Iran and all her enemies in the Middle East. Unfortunately this will lead to Israel’s secular leaders (and citizenry) agreeing to establish a Palestinian state in Judea and Samaria. Without Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah etc Israel will finally have its “Peace and Security” Treaty. But this also will not last. This 7-year interim treaty will be broken by the world powers at its mid-point and lead to further war and bloodshed in the Middle East. Then Messiah will come.

    • KJ

      Fundamental Christianity, Dominionism and the ecumenical movement has done nothing positive for Israel or especially America. You can add your country to that list as well. Israel has enough issues, and your radicalisms do nothing but exasperate already fragile issues. But, isn’t that what fundamentalism does. It gravitates to weaknesses thus finishing off all parties involved? Unless you have some insight from other countries regarding a secret attack against Israel, then you may want to inform your audience that these are your inferences only and cannot be taken as fact. Otherwise, it sounds as if you are threatening Israel on another country or countries’ behalf…. In case you haven’t realized this on your own!

      • billy wood

        I am a fundamentalist Christian and I give to the nation of Israel on an ongoing basis feeding and helping the hungry so maybe you don’t know everything. The reason Israel has all those U.S. made planes and tanks and aid is not Jewish lobbyists it is ongoing pressure from evangelicals like myself that give and support in spit of some ingrates like yourself.

  • KJ

    This was a very wise move. But also, the reality is… and it must be understood that Israel is being judged regarding Palestinian dispossessions. I believe this to be the number one concern in America. This needs to be explained to Americans. Americans view the dispossessions as a complete takeover at any cost to the Palestinians. Americans need to be educated about Israel via TV direct from Israel. They need to know Israel’s concerns.

  • Tzvi

    But he does nothing to change the status and he sure doesn’t do anything to strengthen the settlements whic are the barrier against the Hamas.. (mini Iran !!)
    Like Bibi.. he talks and talks and does nothing

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