Naftali Bennett, a former Israeli prime minister, vowed on Monday to get back into politics, likening himself to Yitzhak Rabin and Benjamin Netanyahu, who both won the position back after lengthy absences.
“We can be recycled in Israel, and it is perpetual. Rabin served as prime minister from 1974 until 1977 before returning. From 1996 to 1999, Bibi [Netanyahu] served as prime minister. Now he’s back. So I’ll be back,” Bennett promised.
He was giving a speech at a gathering that the UJA-Federation of New York and Temple Emanu-El Streicker Cultural Center in Manhattan were co-hosting.
Bennett pleaded with Americans in response to some groups’ hostility directed at the current administration, notably because of efforts to overhaul the court. Jews should not abandon Israel as a whole.
He urged them not to lose up on Israel, even though they were going through a midlife crisis.
“We will prevail over this because most of the populace supports a democratic, Jewish Israel and values Judaism above compulsion.
“When a family member experiences a crisis, you don’t give up on them; on the contrary, you embrace them and support them throughout this time,” Bennett continued.
It’s no secret that Bennett disagrees with the Netanyahu-led government’s plans for legal reform. Bennett tweeted earlier this month: “It’s no secret that I believe the court system has accumulated disproportionate powers for years and resisted any attempt at rectification.
I think the court system needs some adjustments, and in recent years we’ve even supported some of them. However, you cannot counteract one historical misrepresentation with another.
Netanyahu has frequently supported the proposal to reform the judicial system and urged the opposition to quit expressing concerns about “civil war” and “the annihilation of the state” in their speeches.
According to Netanyahu, “The reform will be launched, and just as we weren’t intimidated in the past by the attacks by the left and the media, we won’t be intimidated this time either.”
“Most media outlets purposefully make the discussion of legislative reforms shallow and biased, and everything is done to spread unfounded fear of the “death of democracy.
Informing then-Prime Minister Yair Lapid of his decision, Bennett resigned immediately after Netanyahu’s right-religious bloc won the national election on November 1.
Bennett left the right in June 2021 to form a coalition with Lapid as part of a power-sharing arrangement.
Bennett called his decision to ally with center-left, far-left, and Islamist groups the “greatest and most Zionist move in my life” in a post from September 14 that he pinned to the top of his Facebook and Twitter accounts.