Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett announced this evening that his party will leave the coalition if Israel agrees to release Israeli-Arab terrorists as part of a framework agreement to extend peace talks with the Palestinian Authority (PA).
“Israel has been facing a new situation in recent days with the Palestinian appeal to the UN which flagrantly violated all the agreements with them since the Oslo Accords until today,” said Bennett, according to Arutz 7. “The emerging deal, if it includes the release of murderers with Israeli citizenship, harms Israeli sovereignty, and not only that – it is done being when the Palestinians have not cancelled their requests to join international organizations,” he added.
“Therefore, if a proposal for release of Israeli murderers comes before the Cabinet, the Jewish Home will oppose it,” Bennett declared. “If the proposal will pass – the Jewish Home will resign from the government, which frees murderers with Israeli citizenship. Enough is enough.
“On this evening of Pesach, it is important to remember that we went from slavery to freedom so we that we can have an Israeli legal system which will protect the citizens of Israel – not a system that is being blackmailed by a gang of terrorists and which releases murderers,” said Bennett. “This is an act of extortion and surrender to terrorism which we cannot accept.
“I wish the citizens of Israel a Happy Pesach, and I hope that our brother Jonathan Pollard will be released soon, but not in the immoral way that is this currently being suggested,” he concluded.