Prime Minister Naftali Bennett addresses a special Knesset session on “the Bennett-Abbas government renewing the diplomatic process for dividing the land and establishing a terror state in the heart of the Land of Israel” after opposition lawmakers gathered the 40 necessary signatures to force his attendance.
The name of the session refers to Bennett’s coalition partner, Ra’am party chief Mansour Abbas, and the establishment of a Palestinian state as part of a peace agreement.
“I was asked to respond… here is my answer: There are no negotiations on establishing a terror state in the heart of the land,” Bennett says in brief remarks from the podium.
Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu uses his time to go after Bennett.
“It turns out that Bennett is not only one of the greatest deceivers, he also has a special sub-expertise in the field of fraud,” the former prime minister says. “Bennett is also one of the greatest at stealing credit in the current era, some say the greatest of them all.”
The back-and-forth followed an earlier Knesset session marking the passing of Israel’s first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion.