'It would be unforgivable to topple a right-wing government'

Education Minister working hard from Washington to end coalition crisis over the draft law.

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Uzi Baruch, Washington,

Interview with Minister Bennett in Washington
Interview with Minister Bennett in Washington
Arutz Sheva

Education Minister chairman Naftali Bennett on Monday discussed the attempts being made by the Jewish Home party to reach a compromise that would end the coalition crisis over the draft law.

"We are trying to solve this fake crisis, which has no basis. All we need to do is to bring forward an upgraded law, not a basic law, but the question is what Netanyahu wants. He can solve this crisis in 10 minutes. In the meantime, we are trying to help behind the scenes. It would be forbidden and unforgivable to topple a right-wing government over nothing," Bennett told Arutz Sheva at the AIPAC Policy Conference in Washington.

Despite the fact that Bennett is not interested in elections, he said he would not be deterred by them, should they be forced on the Israeli public.

"The issue is not a personal one. We are expected to increase our power in the elections regardless, but why do we go into politics? In order to get things done. Today we are getting things done, for two and a half years there has been a good right-wing government and I do not see any logic in dragging the state into spending billions of shekels on unnecessary elections and endangering a right-wing government, and I hope Netanyahu will not do it. There is a reasonable solution and a compromise, everyone can make some concessions and we can reach an agreement," he said.

Bennett also discussed the current U.S. administration's sympathy toward Israel, and said that it must be used for the sake of the wholeness of the land of Israel.

"There is a very sympathetic spirit in the administration, which first of all recognized Jerusalem and moved the embassy to Jerusalem. I see in this administration a rare opportunity and a time-limited window to advance our hold on the land of Israel, for extensive construction in Maaleh Adumim and all of Judea and Samaria, and of course the application of Israeli law in Judea and Samaria."

Asked about construction in Judea and Samaria, Bennett replied, "There is no freeze in Judea and Samaria, but we are not building enough.”