Minister of Economics and Trade Naftali Bennett calls Mahmoud Abbas “a partner for terror,” and says Israel is deluding itself by making him out to be “some sort of Mother Teresa.”
Abbas is leading the effort against Israel in international bodies, Bennett says during an interview on Channel 2.
Bennett also says he put forward a plan to decisively defeat Hamas, but when his plan failed in cabinet deliberations, he supported pulling troops out of Gaza.
Israel needs to show strength and bolster its deterrence, Bennett says, so that Hezbollah, the Islamic State, and other regional enemies will understand the price of starting with Israel.
Bennett adds that the “IDF can defeat Hamas, no question.”