'Netanyahu Threatened Me: I Am Going to Employ My Entire Machine, the Army Against You'

In excerpts from a Haaretz interview – to be published in full on Friday – Bennett reveals what happened in his meeting with the former PM before he decided to run against him, and what he thinks about a plea deal for Netanyahu. And what does he have to say about settler violence?

Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter
Yossi Verter

In early May of last year, about five weeks after Israel's election, Benjamin Netanyahu and Naftali Bennett held a series of meetings in an attempt to establish a right-wing coalition. The chances appeared slim, given far-right leader Bezalel Smotrich's veto on any cooperation with the United Arab List. Netanyahu demanded that Yamina leader Bennett back an alternative plan: another election cycle. Bennett thought it would be a disaster.

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