Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett said on Monday he will not resign from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government despite sharp disagreements.
Instead, Bennett, of the far-right Jewish Home party, said he will give Netanyahu time to correct course on a range of issues, making a snap election less likely.
Middle East Eye reported Bennett saying that “If Netanyahu was serious in his speech [on Sunday] about dealing with security issues, we will give him a chance and we will remove all of our demands and we will stay in the government.”
Bennett said he believes he will pay a “political price” in the coming months for his decision. “But I prefer that Netanyahu wins politically than [Hamas leader] Ismail Haniyeh in security.”
The education minister also criticised Netanyahu for allowing residents of Khan al-Ahmar, a Bedouin village in the occupied West Bank, to stay in place despite a high court approving the village’s demolition.