During a Monday Knesset assembly organized by the opposition, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faced criticism as MKs accused him of “spending his days in investigation rooms” instead of working towards regional cooperation. “Compared to what is happening in the region – we are not missing opportunities, but creating them,” Netanyahu responded.


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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attended a Knesset assembly titled “The political challenge the Israeli government faces in light of newly created opportunities” after the opposition collected 40 signatures petitioning for his presence in the discussion. During the meeting, various MKs criticized the prime minister’s actions and their contribution to Israel’s current political situation in the region.

Meretz MK Michal Rozin, who opened the discussion, explained the meaning behind the name: “While Netanyahu is spending his days in investigation rooms, historic opportunities of regional cooperation are being created, which may lead to a permanent accord and the end of the [Israeli-Palestinian] conflict. The face of the Middle East has changed in recent years, and in the current reality, it is clear that continuing the occupation and control of millions of Palestinians is the greatest threat against the Zionist vision.”

During the meeting, Netanyahu rejected the claims made by various speakers that Israel’s political situation is deteriorating and instead spoke of new investments and warm compliments he received from the Far East. “Compared to what is happening in the region – we are not missing opportunities, but creating them,” said Netanyahu. “We are standing shoulder to shoulder with countries in the moderate camp of the Islamic world. This standing is good for security but also for peace.”

Yesh Atid Chairman Yair Lapid criticized the prime minister, saying: “Is this the figure who is supposed to unite the people? We don’t need a prime minister who stands here once a year at the [memorial ceremony for Yitzhak] Rabin’s murder and talks about reconciliation, we need someone who does it.”