Israel PM Naftali Bennett accuses CNN's Christiane Amanpour of settler violence 'lie'
Amanpour pressed Bennett on a quote by Israeli army General Yehuda Fuchs, who expressed concerns over what he called "settler terrorism" in a February interview with The New York Times.
"What you’ve been projecting is blatantly false," Bennett replied. "It’s a lie, simply a lie."
"You are a liar, Israelis aren’t killing Palestinians and West Bank is not occupied” - This is how the Prime Minister of the occupation authorities responded to the CNN reporter when she said " There is settler violence in the occupied territory and settlements are illegal". pic.twitter.com/nR8X1fFtFg— Eye on Palestine (@EyeonPalestine) April 21, 2022
He then alleged that "it is Palestinians who murder Israelis", and not the other way around.
Bennett also claimed the West Bank is "not an occupied territory" but a "territory in dispute". The international community broadly considers the West Bank as occupied Palestinian land.
"There you go again, starting the story in the middle," Bennett said.
Israel, which has occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank militarily since 1967, is de facto in control of security at the complex, which is under Jordanian guardianship.
Palestinians are routinely banned from entering Al-Aqsa Mosque, while far-right Israeli activists and settlers are allowed to march and attack Palestinians in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank, often without consequences.