Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett (center) attends a cabinet meeting at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem, May 15, 2022. (ABIR SULTAN / POOL PHOTO VIA AP)
JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Tuesday made his first official visit to a settlement in the occupied West Bank since he took office.
Bennett, also the leader of the pro-settler Yamina party, participated in a commemoration marking the 45th anniversary of the founding of the settlement of Elkana.
During the visit, far-right activists and Israeli settlers launched a demonstration against Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett's coalition government which includes some dovish partners and an Islamic party
During the visit, far-right activists and Israeli settlers launched a demonstration against Bennett's coalition government which includes some dovish partners and an Islamic party.
The protesters demanded Bennett resign, calling him a "traitor" and chanting "Bennett, don't sell Elkana to the Arabs," the Hebrew-language Ha'aretz newspaper reported on its website.
"As Prime Minister of Israel, I do not want any group in the country to live in fear," Bennett said. "The government is for the benefit of everyone. I will make every effort in the world to hold it together. Nobody has been excluded except for those who exclude themselves."
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Bennett was sworn in last June as the prime minister of a fragile eight-party coalition. He has been under intense criticism by his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, and nationalist activists, who accuse him of abandoning his ideology.