Jewish Home chairman and Education Minister Naftali Bennett addressed on Tuesday the conference, “Towards a New Law of War,” hosted by the NGO Shurat Hadin in Yerushalayim.
“We can’t win the battle if we don’t fight it. This is a struggle for our survival and we don’t allocate enough resources to it like we do for planes, tanks and guns,” Bennett said.
He asked the audience to “imagine that only 30 percent of our tanks were operational because we hadn’t invested enough in this area. Imagine that out of every 10 weapons we acquired only 3 would fire smoothly, because of delegitimization.
“This country already has the Shin Bet, the Mossad, and the IDF. It’s time to establish an official body to do battle in the legal, economic, and academic spheres, an institution that will act in an organized fashion – with adequate resources – against delegitimization.
“How can we expect the world to speak in our favor and win for us if we don’t do so ourselves? If we stand up for ourselves, the world will respect that. The world respects nations that respect themselves,” he said.