This is how to do Hasbara

Naftali Bennett shows how it’s done on BBC’s Hard Talk program. The interviewer, Stephen Sackur, is quite hard-hitting, and is fairly irritating in places when he keeps harping on the purported instability of Netanyahu’s government and on the dangers of Israel’s isolation. But Naftali Bennett gives as good as he takes, and does himself and the country proud.

Some select quotes, via the Algemeiner:

Sackur insisted, asking Bennett why he was against offering “sovereignty.” Bennett responded that “every time” Israel withdraws from land, “they kill us.”“Would you hand over half of Britain to someone who keeps on killing you?” Bennett asked the host.

“For 20 years we tried this direction, in [the international peace agreements of] 1993, in ’95, 2000… and you know what they did? They killed 1,000 Israelis,”  Bennett said. “It’s not working. It’s time to try a different approach.”

“That something else is peace between the people. Businesses in Judea and Samaria of Israelis and Palestinians together. That’s the real bridge to peace, build it bottom-up, because clearly the diplomats are failing.”

“Here’s what Erekat is essentially saying: divide the land, give us half of it, first of all. Now we have our Palestinian state, and now let’s start debating your half, and let’s turn it into a bi-national state.”

“No,” Bennett said. “It’s got to be the homeland of the Jews. We only have one homeland, the Arabs have 22 — 300 times the size of our tiny state. I don’t know how many of your viewers realize that from the ocean to the Green Line it’s a 10 minute ride. That’s how narrow our state is, but he wants a piece of that.”

“We’ve got apartheid going on in Lebanon; we’ve got apartheid going on in Syria. In Syria, they butchered 100,000 people,” Bennett said, asking why “sanctions” haven’t been threatened on those states. He later added, “We’re not blowing up mosques like others are blowing up churches.”

He told Sackur, “The only problem with your approach is that it has nothing to do with reality, beyond that it’s perfect.”


Watch Naftali Bennett in action. It’s 25 minutes long and worth every second.

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8 Responses to This is how to do Hasbara

  1. Betty says:

    We need more politicians like this man and Danny Danon whose videos are amazing. We need people who can stand up for our people and no longer have that “don’t rock the boat mentality”. The early Zionists had it , what happened to their children and grandchildren.?

  2. Reality says:

    wow what a hard time Bennett was given & he held his own. Well done Naftali! But I was disappointed not to hear that its ok for Jews to be “able to live in Palestinian lands” but the poor Pals who may end up” disenfranchised without a state “living under Israeli rule. Why would it be ok for the Jews but not for Palsestinians? Bennett should have pointed this out.

    • cba says:

      Bennett didn’t get the chance to point it out.

      He didn’t even get a chance to put forward another suggestion regarding Palestinian sovereignty (which I know he has) because of Sackur’s interruptions. But at least he managed to make a few excellent points,

  3. JudyPT says:

    I know that the idea behind Hardtalk is to be cofrontational but Bennet did his best to get his points across.One point should have been made about the arabs who dont want to live under Israeli ” occupation ” , let them move to one of the 23 arab states covering most of the middle east.Why is it always o.k for Jews to be shunted around from pillar to post and thank g’d we now have our own homeland back not to shrink it again for another terrorist enclave.The arabs also have the option of moving to Gaza or Jordan which is 75 percent “palestinian” already.

  4. Elchanan Eric Sussman says:

    Thanks excellent, Naphtali is very good he knows his business, but his a right bastard!



  5. Earl says:

    A pity that he did not drop in a determinative reference to the San Remo Convention, and Jordan’s illegitimate founding, prefaced with “It could be argued that the “Palestinians” have had their own state for almost a century…”. Howard Grief’s work is grotesquely under-appreciated in its importance. Otherwise, Bennett did a good job in a reflexively-anti-Israel environment

  6. OyiaBrown says:

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  7. anneinpt says:

    Thank you for all the excellent comments here. I think we are all in consensus that Bennett has some excellent ideas but he wasn’t given the full opportunity to express them. As JudyPT says, the program is by definition confrontational, and the interviewer always takes a hard line with whoever is the guest.

    All in all Bennett did as good a job as he could under the circumstances.

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