Comments about Netanyahu’s UN speech: “He is a wasted actor who is all talk”

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech at the UN General Assembly, Knesset Members from the Opposition criticized him. Left-wing Knesset Members such as Zehava Gal-On and Shelly Yachimovich made statements along with some right-wing Knesset Members.
Netanyahu and Abbas at the UN this evening Photo Credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News

From Israel’s right-wing to the left-wing, Knesset Members were quick to comment about the proclamations made by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the UN. The most controversial statement was his invitation for Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas to speak at the Knesset. The Opposition criticized Netanyahu, claiming that he is a “master talker” and that the time has come for him to actually do something. However, the Coalition pointed its finger at the PA President and protested his invitation to come to Israel.

“Netanyahu’s speech was important. It is just a shame that he expressed support for the two-state solution,” Minister Uri Ariel (HaBayit HaYehudi) tweeted. “Today, more than ever it is clear that a Palestinian state will not solve the conflict, rather it will intensify it.”

“Abbas is one of the culprits for this year’s wave of murders and terror,” said Ariel’s fellow party member, Knesset Member Moti Yogev. “The incitement and outright lies that come out of Abbas’s mouth, along with empowering martyrs and paying the murderers’ families have fed the terror. Abbas and the Palestinian Authority are a terror machine, not a partner for peace.”

On the other side of the Israeli political spectrum, Meretz Party Leader Zehava Gal-On called Netanyahu a gifted speaker only when his speeches have no value to him.

“Israeli citizens are not watching the theater and the Prime Minister is no actor,” said Knesset Member Shelly Yachimovich (Zionist Union). “We are done with speeches that leave behind empty echoes, dead ends and no hope. The question is, what now? Unfortunately, the answer is absolutely nothing. Many words and theatrical gestures, no initiative, no vision and no policy.”

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