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November 2, 2014 2:15 pm

In Heated Exchange, Israeli Minister Bennett Tells Sky News Editor: ‘We Are Fighting Your War’ (VIDEO)

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Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, in Washington to lobby for further sanctions against the Iranian regime.

Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, in Washington to lobby for further sanctions against the Iranian regime.

In a tense exchange on Thursday with Sky News Foreign Affairs Editor Sam Kiley, Israel’s Economy Minister Naftali Bennett said that the Jewish state is on the front lines of the wider international war against terror.

“We are fighting your war, make no mistake,” the minister insisted, adding that if Israel were to succumb to radical Islam, the UK would be targeted next.

Bennett also strongly objected to the recent use of the term “apartheid” with reference to Israel by British Parliament members.

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“For you to sit in London and call us ‘apartheid,’ that’s unacceptable when we’re the only free state” in the region,  Bennett told the veteran journalist. “You should be praising Israel for being in a very tough situation, fighting in a world of Al Qaeda and Hamas and ISIS now… If this radical Islamic regime flows over Israel it’s going to hit London, in fact it is. They killed a soldier on a London street and they’re going to do that again.”

The economy minister characterized the suggestion that Israel practices apartheid as a “blatant lie” as the Jewish state is the only country in the region to grant full equal rights to its minorities, according to Bennett.

“They vote for our Parliament, they vote for my Parliament, they have members of Parliament. They pay taxes. They go to work. They enjoy full equal rights,” Bennett explained of Israel’s Arab minority. “I don’t recall that in Saudi Arabia women can drive and I do remember a few Arab states that kill gays and stone them. And I know that Syria is butchering its own people. So for you to suggest that Israel is an apartheid state, when we’re the only place in the Middle East that provides full equal rights to its citizens, that is a blatant lie, and I don’t accept that approach.”

Bennett concluded: “We are fighting the same war of the free world against this terrible axis. We would expect the world to help us rather than call us ‘apartheid’ or any other unacceptable names.”

Watch Israeli minister Naftali Bennett’s Sky News interview below:

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  • Pinchas Baram

    the brits suck, especially the “educated class.” viscerally anti-Israel. jewish (small j) anti-Zionist professors and media types (especially from Israel) in the UK have also done their demonizing work, like the bacteria they are.

  • Mark D. Ruthenberg

    Apartheid implies discrimination and loss of freedom. So let us consider some choices.
    If you are a gay man man would you be better off in an Arab country (any) or in Israel.
    If you are a modern liberated woman, same question. How about if you are a religious Christian? Oh, and what if you happen to be Jewish? Finally, if you are a political activist and strongly oppose the ruling party, tell me where you would have more freedom to pursue your ideals. Stand in Tel Aviv and insist that Netanyahu must go. The police will protect you. It happens every day. How about leading a demonstration against Hamas in Gaza City?

  • Jeff

    For anyone who has looked at the sick history of European antisemitism and its current rise you must realize that it is even stronger than the fear of those that would seek to destroy them. English and European leaders/ and media continue to be blind because they choose to One must realize there is a much deeper spiritual component to this Anti-Jewish hatred that continues on and on. Pray for Israel daily!

  • Kris

    WHO IS THIS ARSEHOLE WHO KNOWS SO MUCH OF NOTHING.
    HOW DARE HE SAY THAT THE ORIGINAL TEMPLE WAS NOT WHERE THE PRESENT DAY TEMPLE STANDS.

    THE ARCHIOLOGISTS HAVE FOUND ABSOLUTE PROOF OF THE FACT THAT THE TEMPLE MOUNT IS WHERE THE ORIGINAL KING SOLOMONS TEMPLE WAS BUILT.
    HAS THIS PERSON, BOB, BEEN TO JERUSALEM? HAS HE WORKED WITH THE ARCHIOLOGISTS WHO HAVE FOUND TOTAL PROOF OF THE ORIGINAL TEMPLE?
    HE IS DISPUTING REAL PROOF. MAYBE HE SHOULD VISIT JERUSALEM AND ONCE HE SEES THE PROOF, HE SHOULD APOLOGISE FOR HIS IGNORANCE

    AMAZING HOW THOSE WHO HAVE NO IDEA OF THE TRUTH, PROFESS TO KNOW MORE THAT THOSE WHO HAVE DUG UP ACTUAL PROOF

    THE FACT THAT THE MUSLIMS BUILT THEIR MOSQUES ON THE HOLY JEWISH TEMPLE, SGOWS THAT THEY DESECRATED THE HOLY JEWISH TEMPLE

  • Simon Néhmé
  • richard sherwin

    very nice. what bennett was too polite to say was, of course, that just because Britain seems eager to become dhimmi to its self ghettoed moslem minority, Israel has no such desire… and if Britain (except for perhaps MI5&6) has already surrendered, given up the fight, it should take a look at the fate of Mid East Christianities before paying jizra taxes. After all beheadings on the streets of Londistan suggest at the very least which way the freedom loving moslem activists are blowing and in what kind of wind. trust bbc, sky news, manchester guardian, et al to spin all this post mod fashion into slavery.

  • Vivarto

    There should not be 1.5 million Muhammedans in Israel.
    Nothing to be proud of.

  • To yfront Israel with insinuations of being an apartheid state, whilst wearing a Poppy, is as much an insult to the Integrity of British State as it is to the Integrity of the State of Israel. I can only contend (No! God damn it! I accuse!) the editors of this programme, of deliberately setting out to insult both British and Israeli war dead and how? By deferring to the contents of a pair of Y-Fronts to carry out the interview!

  • Eric R.

    Israel should throw European journalists out of the country. If, before then, they are found talking to Hamas, then Israel needs to consider them terrorists and eliminate them.

    • Julian Clovelley

      I note there were 8 comments of which the only one to apear on line is Eric’s one advocating summarily executing journalists for doing their job properly

      Do tell what the rest were like…

  • clive watson-harrison

    dear house of Israel i pray and support Israel, especially that they stay in complete control of the borders of Israel and do not bow to any “palestinian state” and pray for mercy to those who would try and divide the land the Lord has given them, my hope also is that land also given to Reuben, Gad and the half tribe of Manesseh would come under the governance of Israel. Not all of the world despises you, you are held in high regard in many quarters, lean on the Lord not the arm of flesh, it will fail, God bless

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