Bennett: Israelis Are a Wonderful People, 'Festival of Self-flagellation' Must End

Speaking at the International Bible Quiz, education minister says Bible forms the 'source of our right to fight for our lives here in the Land of Israel.'

Israelis take a selfie in Tel Aviv, against the backdrop of the IAF airshow, May 12, 2016.
Emil Salman

Israelis should stop their “festival of self-flagellation,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said Thursday.  Speaking at the International Bible Quiz in Jerusalem, held on Independence Day, Bennett said, “let’s get rid of the generalizations against our people, who has been facing a wave of cruel terror for the past six months. Our wonderful people is doing this not brutishly but nobly, not harshly, but out of rare mutual responsibility. This slander must stop, the world does it well enough.”

Bennett said the Bible was Israel’s source of moral and social inspiration, and the "source of our right to fight for our lives here in the Land of Israel.”

Also present at the quiz was Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein, Jewish Agency Chairman Natan Sharansky and Education Ministry Director General Michal Cohen.

The winner of the quiz this year is Elkana Friedman, a student at the Bnai Tzvi yeshiva in the settlement of Beit El. Friedman beat Tehila Matas, a student at the Baharan ulpana in Gadera, came in second and Tzuriel Na’aman from ORT high school in Shlomi, came in third. Fourth place went to a teen from South Africa, Gideon Fuchs.