Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits West Bank settlement

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits West Bank settlement

Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett center attended a cabinet meeting on May 15, 2022 at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem. ABIR SULTAN JERUSALEM - Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has 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 Bennett's coalition government, which includes some dovish partners and an Islamic party.

The protesters wanted Bennett to 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.

Bennett said that as Prime Minister of Israel, I do not want any group in the country to live in fear. The government is for the benefit of everyone. I will make every effort to hold it together. Except for those who exclude themselves, nobody has been excluded. ALSO READ: Three people killed in a suspected Palestinian attack in Israel

Bennett was sworn in as the prime minister of a fragile eight-party coalition in June. He has been under intense criticism from his predecessor, Benjamin Netanyahu, and nationalist activists, who accuse him of abandoning his ideology.