At an emergency party meeting convened earlier today after the surprise defection of Yamina MK Idit Silman, members of Naftali Bennett’s own party reportedly tore into the prime minister for use of the phrase “West Bank” last month.
“It can’t be that you used the phrase ‘West Bank,'” MK Nir Orbach reportedly told Bennett at the party meeting, according to Hebrew media reports of leaks. “It has nothing to do with the other parties in the coalition, it’s paying a price in our own ideological home, you put me in an impossible situation.”
Right-wing figures reject the use of the term “West Bank,” which refers to the area as the western bank of the Jordan River, and instead use the phrase Judea and Samaria, the biblical term for the region.
Bennett, a former settler leader, used the phrase at a press conference with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken last month.