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Bennett: Don’t liken ‘our brothers to the most awful oppressors’

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett leads a cabinet meeting at his office in Jerusalem on May 8, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett denounces comments by a prominent ultra-Orthodox rabbi who called a pair of government ministers “worse than the Nazis.”

“Even at the height of heated debates – we will not compare our brothers to the most awful oppressors. We must guard our tongue from evil,” Bennett says at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting.

“We are brothers,” he adds, without mentioning Rabbi Meir Mazuz by name.

The premier also comments on Jerusalem Day, which is being marked today.

“On Jerusalem Day, we celebrate not only the unity of our capital but also the unity of our people. On this day, we pledge: never again will Jerusalem be divided, never again will be the people of Israel be divided,” he says.

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