New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett – even more racist than Netanyahu

Naftali Bennett and Benjamin Netanyahu

The swearing in of a new Israeli Prime Minister after 12 years of appalling anti-Arab and anti-Palestinian racism from former Prime Minister Netanyahu is not good news.

New Prime Minister Naftali Bennett tips the scales as even more racist than Netanyahu.

Netanyahu was infamous for statements of race-hatred such as: 

  •  “The way to deal with Palestinians is to beat them up. Not once but repeatedly, beat them up so it hurts so badly, until its unbearable”
  • “Palestinians are an existential threat to Israel” (shades of the Nazi attitudes to Jews)
  • “Israeli is not a state for all its citizens” (ie he’s right – it’s an apartheid state – Palestinians are second-class citizens)

(If anyone isn’t sure just how racist these statements are – replace the word “Palestinians” with the word “Jews” and read them again!)

Bennett has, if anything, even more appalling attitudes:

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His comment to a Palestinian representative in the Israeli parliament “…when you were still swinging from trees, we had a Jewish state here.”

Bennett is on record as advocating the murder of Palestinians taken prisoner. The former Israeli Defence Force officer says: “I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life and there’s no problem with that”

“The establishment of a Palestinian state based on the ’67 borders is impossible” He said there will never be a Palestinian state on his watch. “It’s just not going to happen”

He supports illegal Israeli settlements on Palestinian land, the continuation of the siege on Gaza, and laws and institutions which perpetuate Jewish superiority and the marginalisation of the Palestinian citizens. 

Bennett’s number two on his Yamina Party list, and predicted to be the new Israeli Interior Minister, Ayelet Shaked, has to be seen to be believed. She has posted on Facebook saying “the entire Palestinian people is the enemy” and justifies its destruction, “including its elderly and its women, its cities and its villages, its property and its infrastructure.” She calls for the slaughter of Palestinian mothers who give birth to “little snakes.”

She is a self-declared fascist. Here is a recent Ayelet Shaked election campaign video. It is not a spoof – it’s her actual election video.

In Israeli it is business as usual in the racism, apartheid and brutality meted out against Palestinians. And it is business as usual for the international solidarity movement which is building BDS campaigns against apartheid Israel just as we did against apartheid South Africa.


  1. Horrific result because the USA will keep shipping arms and cash to the Israeli State and Military.

    The Irish Parliament despite the sometimes conservative nature of politics there, recently passed a motion condemning Israel’s ‘de facto annexation’ of Palestinian land–the only EU country to take such a position.

    Other countries like NZ need to build local campaigns to build support for recognition of Palestine. It is not a “conflict” it is an Occupation of Palestine!

    • Brewer: anent this news item about Netanyahu, a family member remarked: that’s the state of Israeli politics nowadays. Far Right, Far Far Right and Hebrew Hitler.

  2. Honestly, Minto, your psychosis is truly disturbing. If Bennet is such a racist, why has he formed a coalition that includes an Arab Islamist party with links to the Muslim Brotherhood. Where’s your ‘apartheid’ now?

    • Maybe so as he can be PM; it really is that simple – the pursuit of power and position. The question now is how long can such a coalition hold together.

    • AND that same muslim party has just voted down the strenthening of same sex marriage bill….I didnt see a post about that Mr Minto/Bravery/Lois, strange eh?

      • What are you on about when you claim, “that same [M]uslim party has just voted down the strengthening of same sex marriage bill?

        How can a small faction of Israeli Palestinians MK’s that have just signed up to the new government overturn longstanding gay rights legislation?

        Are you making shit up, or once again showing a deficit in reading skills?

        • Nope…the muslim party voted against the same sex marriage policy, for it to be strenthened and recognised.
          Guess you can take the muslim out of an Islamic country, but not the islam out of the muslim.

          • Don’t you know the difference between ‘vote down’ and ‘vote against’?

            Could you also provide evidence of your claim regarding the vote as by the timing of your comment, the Muslim KP’s were not even part of the constituted Government.

  3. Words fail me regarding the heinous statements of Netanyahu, Bennett and Shaked!

    Those nations supplying military hardware to Israel are automatically complicit in committing genocide, enabling the rogue state to achieve its Palestinian final solution aim, as is the rest of the international community for doing nothing! How long is it going to take before the world says enough?

    • I am puzzled by both your responses I suppose I shouldn’t be by now with Gaby. He only has got in as you both surely know because he did a deal with those parties, otherwise he wouldn’t have got in, it has nothing to do with the appalling shit his party spouts including that vile women who is to be the deputy.

  4. Disturbing Truth About Israel’s New Government w/ Miko Peled & Abby Martin

    1 day ago
    I’ve been following your Palestinian/Israel conflict coverage for nearly a decade but I can’t stomach hearing about the inner workings of the psychology of Israeli politics. Good on you for sticking through. I lived with Palestinians for 7 years and it takes ALOT to deal with that reality as an American, but if you can convince enough Americans they are supporting evil murderous acts byond all reason, then well yeah.

  5. Israel is undergoing a change of management, with reliably hardline Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu being replaced by extreme nationalist Naftali Bennett. Bennett has at intervals favored the disenfranchisement of non-Jewish Israeli citizens and the ethnic cleansing of all non-Jews from historic Palestine, killing them if necessary. He opposes the creation of any Palestinian state and routinely describes Palestinian protesters as terrorists while stating his belief that they should be shot on sight. He has also boasted of his shooting Palestinians during his military service, saying at one point “I already killed lots of Arabs in my life, and there is absolutely no problem with that.” He was heavily involved in “Operation Grapes of Wrath” in Lebanon in the 1980s, where his commando unit killed numerous civilians, and takes pleasure in recounting his participation in Israel’s war crimes.

    All of which means that there will be no respite from the brutal Netanyahu reign of terror which has been prevailing on the West Bank, in Gaza and also in Jerusalem itself. If anything, the pressure on Arabs forcing them to leave will intensify. Evidence that the recently negotiated cease fire was little more than a pause in the plan to mitigate international pressure before continuing to make the former Palestine Palestinian free is already available. Israeli police and army units have been arresting hundreds of Arabs, many of whom are Israeli citizens, not because they have broken any of the “rules” imposed by the Netanyahu government, but as a preventive measure to have them identified, allowing them to be safely locked away when the next round of fighting begins. Eighteen hundred arrests have been reported since unrest began in April, but the figure is probably much higher than that. An estimated 25% of those who are detained are children and 85% of those children arrested report that they were physically abused. Also, at least 26 Palestinians have been killed while resisting. It has been claimed that the police, embarrassed by being ridiculed by protesting Palestinians, are “settling scores” and “closing accounts,” frequently using savage beatings during arrests and as collective punishment to break the Arab resistance.

  6. When the first 4 articles here are on Palestine, that easy kicking versus our impossibly difficult situation, we are truly buggered.

  7. Ousted Netanyahu Vows to Topple New Government

    by Stephen Lendman ( – Home – Stephen Lendman)

    It’s official.

    By a 60 – 59 Knesset vote, Naftali Bennett replaced Netanyahu as Israeli prime minister — ending his 12-year reign of terror, begun on March 31, 2009.

    His ouster followed Knesset addresses, including Bennett’s heavily heckled one by now opposition party extremists.

    Forgoing his own address to the legislative body, newly empowered coalition partner Yair Lapid — who’ll succeed Bennett as prime minister in 2023 per their rotational agreement — slammed insults by Netanyahu supporters while his successor spoke.

    Fact: On November 29, 1947, the UN General Assembly passed Resolution 181.

    Fact: The Palestine Partition Plan granted 56% of historic Palestine to Jews (with one-third of the population), 42% to Palestinians.

    Fact: Jerusalem was designated an international city under a UN Trusteeship Council.

    Fact: Res. 181 also called for an Independent Arab state by October 1, 1948.

    Fact: It called for “all governments and peoples to refrain from taking any action which might hamper or delay the carrying out of these recommendations.”

    Fact: The Security Council was empowered with “necessary measures as provided for in the plan for its implementation.”

    Fact: Security Council (SC) Resolution 242 (1967) called for an end of conflict and withdrawal of Israeli armed forces from the Occupied Territories.

    Fact: The UN Charter, Fourth Geneva, and other international laws protect the rights of everyone everywhere, including Palestinians and other oppressed people.

    Fact: Like the US and West, Israel operates exclusively by its own rules — consistently and repeatedly breaching its international law obligations.

  8. Germany Gave My Family Reparations. Palestinians Deserve the Same From Israel.

    War to End

    I am a first-generation American. My Jewish parents fled Germany as the horrors of the Holocaust were unfolding. They left behind family who perished in camps and were killed as they fled from their homes while being chased and shot at by Nazis.

    My great-grandfather, grandfather and father had a thriving butcher business in Frankfurt. They lived in the apartment building next to the butcher shop. My father always said he barely realized he was Jewish until Hitler arrived. It was always Deutschland über alles.

    My mother’s family were wheat traders in Wetzlar. After the rise of Hitler, my mother fled Germany first so that she could learn the language in her new country and make enough money to bring over her parents and brother. They came to the U.S. without much money and like many, had to build a life from the bottom up.

    Once the war was over, Germany gave my father reparations for the loss of his business as well as for the crime of persecution. He received a monthly check until his death at the age of 91. Both of my parents were welcomed back by the German government and told they could get their passports and citizenship returned.

    Those born to Holocaust survivors who can prove that their father was forced from his homeland between the years 1933-1945 have the right to become German citizens along with all of their children, grandchildren and all future progeny forever. Last year, my children, grandchildren and I became German citizens, and were given European passports.

    As I think about my own family and its history, I wonder why the 750,000 Palestinians forced from their homes and land in 1948 when Israel was founded are not entitled to the same treatment my family received after WWII ended. But the war on Palestinians was never over. Instead, Israel continues to this day its policy of ethnic cleansing, as evidenced by the current expulsions in Sheikh Jarrah and other parts of East Jerusalem.

    B’Tselem, a human rights organization in Israel, and Human Rights Watch have documented and denounced the continuing maltreatment of Palestinians by the Israeli government and the settler movement, including the confiscation of Palestinians’ lands and houses; the restrictions on movement; the limitations on rights of free speech and assembly; the denial of building permits; the denial of many basic civil rights and the terrorizing by Jewish settler extremists backed by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF). Human Rights Watch has concluded that conduct toward the Palestinians amounts to persecution and apartheid, which are crimes against humanity under international law.
    It is somewhat ironic that thousands of Jews in Israel are getting reparations and passports from Germany because of expulsion, loss of property and persecution, yet Israel will not allow Palestinians to return to a land from which they were expelled.

  9. Keep up the good work John.
    Writing and speaking the truth always encourages a disparate response.
    Mansoor Abbas will come under enormous pressure from Palestinians to walk away from this coalition of historically opposing voices.
    The United Arab list represents Palestinian Israeli’s who account for 21% of the population of Israel.
    If Netanyahu can fend off his legal problems long enough he may still find sanctuary in government again.
    Agree 100% Jay11.

  10. Jeff Halper (no relation) and Yumna Patel join the Katie Halper show live from Jerusalem and Bethlehem, respectively. Yumna Patel, Palestine correspondent for Mondo Weiss talks to us from Bethlehem where she’s reporting.
    Jeff Halper is an Israeli anthropologist, Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) in Jerusalem and a founding member of the One Democratic State Campaign.
    0:00 Youmna Patel on being restricted by Twitter & social media censorship of Israel critics
    18:26 Jeff Halper and Youmna. Jeff points out that 47% Israeli Jews think the cease fire came too early.
    29:22 How Jeff came to Israel
    34:00 Jeff and Youmna on media bias
    38:23 Jeff and Youmna on social media suppression, one state solution and the challenges it faces
    50:00 Youmna’s urges people to have on Palestinian guests, talks about her own identity at as the daughter of Indian parents by way of South Africa and the legacy of apartheid.
    1:05:00 Jeff on one state and Israeli myths
    1:17:00 responding to Debra Messing
    2:09:00 Yiddish Culture Scholar Ruth Weiss’ scary propaganda tips

  11. Why The Media Can’t Tell The Truth On Israel & Palestine | The Bastani Factor
    Whether it’s the filtering process of mainstream outlets – or the ‘electric fence’ approach of lobbying organisations – the biggest casualty is truth and the Palestinian people.

    Aaron Bastani on why the truth is rarely uttered when it comes to covering the occupation.

    Taif Q
    1 week ago
    “But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians” ~ Nelson Mandela during the International Day of Solidarity

    6 days ago
    Great Analysis. I’m so sick of us in the US being brainwashed into just viewing pro-israel, biased news.


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