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Saturday, December 22, 2012
Bennett statement removes Netanyahu ban from serving as minister

Bennett statement removes Netanyahu ban from serving as minister
Dr. Aaron Lerner - IMRA 22 December 2012

Bayit Yehudi leader Naftali Bennett said in the course of an interview
broadcast on Thursday night that if, as a reserve officer, he was given
orders to expel Jews or Palestinians from their homes that he would approach
his commanding officer and asked to be assigned to a different activity and
that if that did not happen then, while he would not tell others to refuse
to follow the orders, that he would himself, on a personal level, find it
impossible to carry out the order and would accept punishment for that.

In an interview on Friday afternoon broadcast Saturday night on Channel 2
television, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated that someone who is
"adamant on refusing orders" could not serve as a minister in his
government.

Tonight, at a press conference, Bennett said that "I did not call for the
refusal of orders...I spoke from the bottom of my heart and I do not
apologize for my remarks. However, I'm not a private person but a public
leader, and now I say this as clearly as possible: a command to uproot an
Arab village or Jewish community from its roots is a fatal blow to the
most basic of human rights...it is an unbearable dilemma. I pray with all my
heart this it will never be given, but if this extreme situation is reached,
I say clearly: a soldier must fulfill military orders. "
YNET News Flash 22/12/2012 20:20
http://www.ynet.co.il/Ext/Comp/CdaNewsFlash/0,2297,L-4323107_184,00.html

This move by Bennett would enable Netanyahu to accept him as a minister in
his government.

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