During a recent interview, Israeli Minister of the Economy and Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett said that people need to understand that the Jews have been in Israel longer than both the U.S. and Great Britain have been in their homelands and that “we are not going anywhere.”
Appearing on British TV BBC, the show HardTalk with Stephen Sackur, Bennet was asked about whether or not circumstances will ever allow him to recognize a two-state solution.
“Israel has been our home for roughly 3,800 years,” he answered. “Archaeology shows it—-the Bible shows it, and I think it would be a profound mistake to divide our country.”
“I think we are trying this approach, and it is not working. We’ve tried it for the past 20 years, and evidently we’re bashing our heads again and again. Because every time we vacate a piece of land, within days it turns into a launch pad of missiles onto us. Three times already we handed land over to the Arabs and within days they starting shooting missiles at us.”
When asked By Sackur whether he ideologically believes that “all of the land between the Mediterranean and the Jordan River belongs to Israel?” Bennett said, “First of all, it does belong to us. This land has been ours for thousands of years. I just yesterday gave a coin that’s 2,200 years old to Martin Schultz as a gift—-and it’s got Hebrew on it.
We’ve been in this land way longer than America has been in American land, and for that matter longer than the British have in the British land. I do recognize that in our land there are two million Palestinians. They’ve got aspirations—-they’re not going anywhere, but we’re not going anywhere. So we’ve got to figure out how to live together, how to work it out.”