ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 145

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Bennett: This is 100x worse than Yom Kippur War. We’re facing equivalent of Nazis

Former prime minister Naftali Bennett speaks to Channel 12 news from southern Israel, October 9, 2023. (Screenshot used in accordance with clause 27a of the Copyright Law.)
Former prime minister Naftali Bennett speaks to Channel 12 news from southern Israel, October 9, 2023. (Screenshot used in accordance with clause 27a of the Copyright Law.)

Former prime minister Naftali Bennett calls the current conflict “the harshest event since the War of Independence.”

Speaking to Channel 12 news from southern Israel, Bennett elaborates: “This is not the Yom Kippur War — it is Yom Kippur multiplied by 100, because here we are talking about murder, the systematic slaughter of babies, girls, boys, things that are hard to bear.”

“We set up a Jewish state in this land in order to defend ourselves, and now the time has come to fight back,” he says.

“We have to lift up our heads… we are heroic people,” Bennett adds, citing acts of heroism by residents of Kfar Aza, Nahal Oz, Netiv Ha’Asara and other communities where “heroes confronted the terrorists,” killed some of them, and in some cases were killed. “We are a people of lions,” he says.

Ultimately, says Bennett, this is a war against Iran, “the octopus” which is “conducting” Hamas, Islamic Jihad, and Hezbollah.

He says he does not want to give advice to Prime Minister Netanyahu, but, asked about a ground incursion, says there must be a specific purpose for every soldier sent into action.

He says he had to raise $4 million overseas to finance hotels for Sderot residents, and notes that there are families who have nothing and urgently need government help. “There are children with trauma… Families who were trapped in a safe room for 16 hours” with terrorists outside, and where the father was holding the door closed with a terrorist on the other side.

“When we are facing the Iranian enemy — Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Hezbollah, Iran — we are facing a Nazi conception,” Bennett says. “I’ve not said this in the past. I never conceived that they would come and slaughter, cut the throats of children. These are animals. Not a state enemy. We have to deal with this as though they are Nazis. What we would do to Nazis, to do to them.”

“This is the worst period in the history of the state,” he repeats, but the government must utilize the incredible resilience and energy of the people. “We have a wonderful people and we will prevail.”

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