Yisrael Medad, in Israel since 1970, Hebrew U. MA, resides in Shiloh and is an activist for Zionism and Judea & Samaria.
Wed,Apr 23,2014 23 Nisan 5774
“Every fighter in the IDF that is given an order that is not clearly illegal, that was approved by the Israeli government, be it God forbid, the evacuation of an Arab village or Jewish community — has to carry that order out, and this includes Naftali Bennett as well,” he said. "I did not have the right to say what I did, and I have changed my outlook. I am a major in the reserves and the harmful impact my words had on all the youth that see me as a role model upsets me. I came to the conclusion that I don't have the right to voice my personal opinion in light of the repercussions," he said.
"If we do what we did in the Gaza Strip, where we handed over 100% of the land to the Palestinians and a few days later rockets starting flying out of there, and haven't stopped to this day, then it will happen again. I think we should never allow a Palestinian state to be formed inside Israel."
Sources close to Bayit Yehudi chairman Naftali Bennett told Arutz Sheva that he was misquoted Sunday by IDF Radio. The radio station's website quoted him as saying that “any IDF soldier who is given orders that are not clearly illegal and were handed down by the government… must follow those orders, and that includes Naftali Bennett.” Sources near Bennett said that the quote in IDF Radio, which included a reference to the possible eviction of Jewish communities, was false. Speaking at a political event in Herzliya Sunday, Bennett explained that some orders are obviously illegal and every soldier must decide if he will carry them out. He added that he explained his views on the matter when he was asked how he would handle such orders in the Channel 2 television interview ten days ago.