Israel’s defense minister and head of the New Right party, Naftali Bennett, spoke to a Yeshiva (male seminary) in northern Israel on Wednesday criticizing a political rival who Bennett claims doesn’t treat Israel’s state institutions as playing an integral role in the Redemption process.
Bennett then lamented what he sees as a current attitude of lawlessness in Israel saying that the reason that the Second Temple was destroyed was because everyone “followed their own rules.”
“We need to understand the big picture” Bennett said adding “today we are in (the era of) the Third Temple.”
Bennett then reminded the captive audience about the history of the Kingdom of Israel saying “we have had a state twice where we ruled as a united people. The first time it only lasted 80 years – King David 40, then King Solomon 40. After that, we separated.”
“The second time, we were sovereign for only 74 years during the Hasmonean dynasty” he added.
Bennett then touching on the present saying “Now we are at 72 years. The Jewish nation has never been able to maintain a united rule for more than 80 years.”
The Defense Minister concluded saying that he will not let “anyone tear apart the state of Israel.”
NEW PRIME MINISTER BENNETT CALLS ON ISRAEL: DON’T MAKE SAME MISTAKES THAT DESTROYED TEMPLE
Israel’s newly sworn-in prime minister Naftali Bennett gave his opening address in the Knesset on Sunday to a plenum of hecklers from the opposition interrupting his speech every step of the way.
Israel’s 36th government passed a vote of confidence at a special Knesset session with Yamina Party head Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel’s 13th prime minister.
Although he accused Israel’s leadership under Netanyahu of being a failure, the overall theme of his speech was a call for unity.
To emphasize his point, Bennett invoked the destruction of both the first and second Temples saying: “there have been times in Jewish history when the disagreements are out of control – when the disagreement is no longer for heaven’s sake, when it threatens us and all that we have built.”
Referring to both the first and second Temples, Bennett added: “twice in our history, we lost our national home precisely because the leaders of that generation did not agree.”
According to popular Jewish legend, the Second Temple was destroyed by God due to ‘baseless hatred’ whereby the Jewish people conspired against one another out of spite. Bennett’s speech seemed to use that idea as a cautionary tale against further divisions. At one point he even said that it’s the type of thing that can bring down the country.
“Twice in our history – the nation of Israel lost the first Temple and the Second Temple precisely because the leaders of that generation couldn’t agree to sit together and compromise” Bennett added.
He continued saying: “everyone is right. But because of all that righteous indignation, they burned the Temple down.”
At that point, Religious Zionist party members Itamar Ben-Gvir and Betzalel Smotrich held up signs of victims of terror who were killed under the watch of other past ‘unity governments’ in protest. After the two were escorted from the plenum, Bennett reacted to the disruption saying: “just imagine that 2,000 years ago, one would stand, people would stand. And they would say right before the speech – ‘no I will not hold signs. We will not burn our weeds because we weren’t able to sit with each other.’