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Bennett: 'I've killed lots of Arabs' quote was taken out of context

Naftali Bennett said Monday that a quote attributed to him, saying, “I’ve killed many Arabs in my life, and there’s no problem with that,” was taken out of context. He made the statement during Sunday’s cabinet meeting authorizing the release of Palestinian prisoners, Yedioth Ahronoth reported Monday morning.

The economy minister and Jewish Home party head was arguing with National Security Adviser Ya’akov Amidror about the prisoner release. According to the Hebrew-language report in Yedioth‘s print edition, Bennett “proposed a problematic and controversial way for Israel to avoid having to put [captured terror suspects] on trial.”

Bennett: “If you catch terrorists, you have to simply kill them.”

Amidror: “Listen, that’s not legal.”

Bennett: “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that.”

After repeated attempts at reaching Naftali Bennett’s spokesperson, she said that either the reporter from Yedioth Ahronoth received wrong information on exactly what Bennett said at the meeting, or he decided to interpret it this way. She insists that when Bennett referred to killing Arabs, it was in the context of “operations” he participated in while serving in combat situations in the army, and that he was expressing that a more effective policy is to “wipe out terrorists” rather then keeping them alive in prison and then releasing them.

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    1. XYZ

      Ariel Sharon, Yitzhak Rabin, and many other heroes of the “peace camp” have killed a lot more Arabs than Bennet ever has. That doesn’t seem to bother their fans.

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      • Palestinian

        Mashallah ,a “nation” of terrorists,thieves and blood-thirsty butchers.You must be proud khabibti

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        • yuval

          all it takes is one stone thrown by a fool – 1000 wise people can’t undo that. why we all actually accepting this stupidity of our corrupt “Leaders” ? why we believe their harmful propaganda? answer to racism and oppression is not counter racism and counter oppression. this is how you get your hands dirty for the benefit of others. doing your enemy’s work. the enemy is not people, but the shit pile called world goverment. (plutocracy of corrupt corporations )

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          • Palestinian

            Who joins the IDF and commits war crimes ? Who lives today in our stolen homes and land ? Who elects such governments? Not the government itself.

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          • Jeremiah

            We hunt murderers and terrorists, the land is ours since forever. Plain and simple. My family is here since the 1700, when there was only 40,000 jews and 10,000 arabs living side by side. in what used to be the land of Israel (syria-palestina, not palestine, it never existed and never will, sorry folks)

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        • yuval

          all it takes is one stone thrown by a fool – 1000 wise people can’t undo that. why we all actually accepting this stupidity of our corrupt “Leaders” ? why we believe their harmful propaganda? answer to racism and oppression is not counter racism and counter oppression. this is how you get your hands dirty for the benefit of others. doing your enemy’s work. the enemy is not people, but the shit pile called world government. (plutocracy of corrupt corporations )

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        • Jeremiah

          A nation of terrorists would be Palestinians, if they were a real nation and not invented in ’67. Can you please direct me to Palestine on the map? Ahh.. it never existed? Wait Palestinians means in ancient-hebrew ‘Invaders’? Educate yourself.

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      • This is true enough. I once received a couple of rather upset and agitated e-mails from a person I otherwise respect because I pointed out the quantity of blood that Rabin had on his hands.

        But how does saying that Rabin was responsible for more violence (which undeniably he was) neutralise Bennett’s sentiments? After all, you voted for Bennett. I presume you didn’t vote for Rabin. In your position I would be more concerned with what someone I helped to elect was saying and doing.

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    2. Sharon & Rabin are heroes of the peace camp? Wow, talk about straw man arguments…

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      • aristeides

        Rabin has indeed become a “hero of the peace camp” via martyrdom, by those who ignore his history.

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    3. aristeides

      So Bennett has blood on his hands. Abbas can exchange him for Marwan Barghouti.

      If every Israeli whose hands drip blood were in a Palestinian prison, there’d be real basis for a prisoner exchange.

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    4. Danny

      “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and there’s no problem with that.”

      I hope Interpol uses this comment to issue an international warrant for his arrest. Maybe then he will see a problem with that!

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      • XYZ

        And Abbas and Barghouti and Arafat and much of the FATAH leadership murdered Israelis yet you all forgive them for that, don’t you?

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        • Danny

          Abbas never murdered Israelis. Arafat and Barghouti were terrorists in the same vein that Begin and Shamir were.

          Would you suggest that the latter aforementioned should have been executed by the British for their crimes?

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    5. Kolumn9

      Of course Bennett is wrong. Once you catch the terrorists you would need to go through impossible amounts of legal work to be able to execute them. The trick is to follow the standard American practice of killing terrorists from the air rather than ever catching them and releasing them.

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      • Danny

        Maybe Bennet is wrong because if you applied his advice towards Jewish terrorists (and there are a few I’d like to execute myself), he would be up-in-arms of course.

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    6. aristeides

      “I’ve killed lots of Jews in my life – there’s no problem with that.”

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      • Danny

        If any politician around the world said that, not only would his political career be over, he would probably be arrested and put on trial for hate speech.

        FYI Interpol!

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      • XYZ

        Which is exactly what all the terrorists honored by the Palestinian Authority and HAMAS brag all the time, and yet all you “progressives” understand them.

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    7. And the peace talks move forward…

      The problem with this view is that “terrorist” is assumed to have an objective definition in fields of operations. While one can construct thought experiments, or related real events, where this seems incontrovertible (a gun is pointed at your face, the suicide bomber is about to press the button right next to you), the defintion of incontrovertible elides into largesse of action on the ground; only prosecution and judicial review can stop that. Indeed, otherwise “terrorist” can merge with “young Arab man in vicinity of conflict.” The rules of total war have failed Israel for most of its life. Bennett’s spokesperson makes this category mistake baldly. This incident suggests that the State is at present unwilling to impose a common civil law in the Bank, which I see as the only way forward in peace talks.

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      • aristeides

        He didn’t say, “I’ve killed a lot of terrorists.” Not that he would be likely to know whether the people he killed were actually terrorists, except as Zionists tend to identify all Arabs as terrorists by blood.

        What he said was “Arabs,” not even bothering to pretend the distinction.

        And what he meant was, take them around the back of the bus and put a bullet in their heads.

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        • I know, Aristeides, the (second hand) quote is “Arabs” not “terrorists.” I was trying to give the kindest construction possible and still found it wanting. Someone should probably do this, so I do. Nor did I want to conflate Arab Israeli citizens with this use of “Arab,” again for charity. I’m striving for a discourse of law; I don’t expect you to follow that path.

          I would now add that, in the restricted use I employed, limited to “terrorists,” so defined in the Israeli penal system, if Bennett wants to kill them, he should advocate that in the Knesset, as applied Israeli law overwhelmingly forbids this (although there are death cases in prison…). The solution offered by his spokesperson advocates subverting standing Israeli law.

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      • Kolumn9

        Israel has never engaged in total war.

        As for what you see as the only way forward in peace talks I can only say zzzz.

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        • “total war”: that’s my point, K9, although the first days of 73 might be a counter instance.

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      • Piotr Berman

        The rules are simple:

        1. If he/she was killed, he/she was a terrorist.

        2. If he/she was announced to be a terrorist, he/she is a terrorist.

        3. State of Israel makes no mistakes.

        We have seen this rule applied to Turkish flotilla. Now Turkish government makes insolent demands to violate rule 3.

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    8. This is what Bennett’s spokeswoman considers a denial. Where’s the denial? She just confirming what he was reported to have said: From Mairav’s post: “She insists that when Bennett referred to killing Arabs, it was in the context of “operations” he participated in while serving in combat situations in the army, and that he was expressing that a more effective policy is to “wipe out terrorists” rather then keeping them alive in prison and then releasing them.” Yeah, we understood him the first time.

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      • May

        Bennett denied the quote himself yesterday. You can read it on his facebook. without interpretation of “objective” “journalists”.

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        • Piotr Berman

          Did Bennet reconcile the version of his past remarks with his spokeswoman? Since I did not see it, can you tell me what did he claim?

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          • May

            Bennett simply said that the quote is a lie. Since this sites lied about Bennett’s response, why do you assume that they didn’t twisted Bennett’s spokeswoman response? Plus, you should notice that even if that was her response, she doesn’t say that the quote is accurate(and anyone who heard Bennett talk about discrimination against Arabs knows that Bennett doesn’t think that terrorist = Arab).

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    9. Gregg

      An ancient nazi soldier says:

      “I have gazed a lot of Jews in my life – and there’s no problem with that”

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    10. Lebel

      Mmmmm! As I see thr’s no difference 4 him between an Arabe an a terrorist

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    11. Ayekooto

      “Bennett killed many Arabs, not terrorists, during operations” . . . that is as clear as daylight. Bennett is a terrorist for killing civilians. If he comes to the USA, there will be citizen arrest. He is warned!

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