Monday, February 13, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will leave for an official visit in the United States. On February 15 he will meet there with the President of the United States Donald trump.
On the eve of the Netanyahu visit to Washington, the government started a debate about what kind of position regarding negotiations with the Palestinian authority must submit the head of government.
The discussion started after the Minister of education and head of the «Bayt Yehudi» Naftali Bennett has published on the social network Facebook requirement not to discuss with trump the possibility of creating a Palestinian state: «If the joint statement will be performed for the first time in the cadence of trump, the phrase Palestinian state or even the phrase «political education» we will all feel it in the coming years. The earth will tremble. The words «Palestinian state» is a historic disaster. It is impossible that they were delivered. It is a historical examination of Netanyahu and all of us.»
This statement Bennett has drawn sharp criticism from the Ministers of the Likud, took it as an attempt by Bennett to obtain additional votes of right-wing voters. The Minister of transport and exploration Yisrael Katz said: «Ministers should not allow themselves excessively harsh remarks, trying to save political capital. Bennet is trying to expand the platform of its supporters, the sacrifice of national interests, and it needs to stop». In response, the party of the «Bayt Yehudi» advised the Minister of transport «not to involve the party in attempts to unseat Netanyahu, to address congestion problems on highway 1».
At the meeting of Ministers of Likud, on the morning of February 12, against Bennett were made by other representatives of the ruling party. The Minister of science and technology Ofir Akunis said, «I and my colleagues do not need to Bennet guiding us, because we are ideologically opposed to the idea of creating a Palestinian state.»
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told his party colleagues: «it is a mistake to assume that in the period trump no restrictions. We must act carefully and cautiously».
Later, at a government meeting, the Prime Minister could not resist the attack in the direction of Naftali Bennett. «I hear different statements showing the excitement, based on various motives, he said. The main motive of my work is taking care of the security of the state».
On the evening of 12 February there will be a meeting of the military-political Cabinet, which will be devoted to reaching a common position before the meeting of Netanyahu and trump.
Netanyahu will return from USA on February 17, and early next week will travel to travel to Australia and Singapore.
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