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Israeli Minister's Blunt Opinion On Two-State Solution

Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett's provocative statement on the two-state solution exposes true nature of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.  
Naftali Bennett, leader of the Bayit Yehudi party, gestures after casting his vote for the parliamentary election at a polling station in Raanana, near Tel Aviv January 22, 2013. Israelis voted on Tuesday in an election widely expected to win Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a third term in office, pushing the Jewish State further to the right, away from peace with Palestinians and towards a showdown with Iran. REUTERS/Nir Elias (ISRAEL - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS) - RTR3CS5X
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Just as it happens in the opening chapter of The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka, the Palestinians woke up one day in mid-June to find that they, too, had undergone a metamorphosis. However, unlike the protagonist of the novella by the Jewish-Czech writer, they have not been transformed into a creepy-crawly, but rather into “shrapnel in the butt” of Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the HaBayit HaYehudi party. As a matter of fact, they were not all that surprised. The feeling that they stand in the way of the realization of the grandiose vision of the Greater Land of Israel, propounded by the HaBayit HaYehudi party, is nothing new to them. Ironically, the word “butt” in Hebrew shares the same semantic root with the words “to settle” and “settlement.” And the Palestinians are no doubt obstructing the implementation of the vision led by Bennett’s movement — that of Jewish settlements in the heart of the West Bank.

Bennett presented the “shrapnel in the butt” metaphor on July 17, in an address to the Judea and Samaria Council, and notwithstanding the storm raised over the analogy, he has not retracted his words.

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