Naftali Bennett, Israel’s extremely popular (but much maligned outside of Israel) and straight-talking Economy Minister, head of the Jewish Home party, gives us a classic example of what all of us pro-Israel activists need to learn and internalize: how to stay on-message, and in the reverse of what the pro-Palestinians do, how to contradict the lie about the “illegality” of the “settlements” and not be intimidated by a hostile interviewer.
Watch Bennett as he doesn’t let CNN’s Christiane Amanpour get away with her claim:
The background to the story is at the Algemeiner amongst many other news outlets:
The comment was in response to her question about the wisdom of Construction and Housing Minister Uri Ariel’s recent announcement for plans to build 24,000 housing units beyond the Green Line, in the “occupied territories,” a move which Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu ordered to be reversed so as not to interfere with parallel negotiations to stop Iran’s nuclear program.
“First of all Christiane, you talk about ‘occupied,’” Bennett said, before Amanpour interrupted him, trying to steer him back to the question of the housing developments.
“Since you say the term ‘occupied,’ I have to point out, I’m holding a coin here from Jerusalem,” he said, lifting the coin up to the camera, before she cut him off, again, insisting, “It’s an international term, Mr. Bennett.”
“I know,” Bennett said, “and I don’t accept it. Because this coin which says in Hebrew, Freedom of Zion, was used by Jews in Jerusalem 2,000 years ago in the state of Israel in what you call occupied [land]. One cannot occupy his own home.”
You can also watch the entire 9 minute interview at the link.
Kol hakavod Mr. Bennett. You have given us courage and have made us all proud for standing up for our rights.
I hope Naftali Bennett gives some media lessons to his colleagues in the Knesset, particularly those on the left.