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Bennett emerges from Gaza conflict as clear winner

While Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's stock has fallen and Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman did not upgrade his position, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett was able to strengthen his support base.
Israeli Economy minister Naftali Bennett arrives to attend the weekly cabinet meeting on April 6, 2014. AFP PHOTO/GALI TIBBON        (Photo credit should read GALI TIBBON/AFP/Getty Images)
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“Let’s raise our heads. This is the time to stand and salute the IDF [Israel Defense Forces] and the soldiers for the sacrifice, the devotion and the friendship they displayed during the fighting. There is no comparable army in the world, there isn’t a command it doesn’t know how to execute and we cannot survive without it.”

The author of this outpouring of national pride is the chairman of HaBayit HaYehudi Party, Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, who composed a long post brimming with patriotic love for the State of Israel on the day after the Aug. 27 cease-fire. Bennett adorned the post with the photos of dust-covered fighters taken at the height of the fighting in the Gaza Strip. As expected, Bennett’s post turned into a Facebook hit: More than 800 shares and 12,895 likes, and not just from his regular fans.

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