At some level Bennett should be respected for his honesty. He doesn't mind admitting that there will never be a Palestinian state. There will be no two state solution. There will be no peace among equals.
Netanyahu shares those beliefs. Unfortunately, he's been caught flat-footed by a photogenic contender coming up on his right.
That's why Netanyahu needs this latest war with Hamas. He's got to underline his maximalist bona fides. Yes, the words "two state solution" may have passed his lips once or twice, but look, he is a man of action who knows how to give the terrorists a good hard slap...
There are many in Israel who find both Netanyahu and Bennett and the entire maximalist project repugnant. Just how many is a matter of conjecture. Surely anyone living on the other side of the Green Line has in effect voted with their feet, and many on the Israeli side of the Green Line sympathize with the maximalist viewpoint too.
But there are certainly many who don't, and needless to say, many of those would be represented at the Haaretz Peace pow-wow.
Which is why it's not a complete shock that Bennett's message of exclusion and ethnic cleansing would not be embraced in that venue. But still, an actual physical assault on the man was unexpected.
What spells out the deep divide in Israeli society is the reaction to this news.
Check out the comments after the article. It's an unfortunate but all too common example of Jew-on-Jew hate speech: