Benjamin Netanyahu ripped President Joe Biden and his administration as he left office in Isreal after twelve years in power. He revealed key details Biden of disagreement Biden asked him to keep confidential before blasting Biden and the Iran deal, “The administration in Washington asked me not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly, but with all due respect, I can’t do that.”
“An Israeli prime minister has to be able to say no to the president of the US on matters that endanger our existence. I’ll be happy if this doesn’t come true, but from the moment the US returns to the Iran Deal, this government will not approve operations against Iran to stop their armament.”
Netanyahu predicted he would be back in charge soon: “I have just one, modest request, try to ruin the economy that we are leaving you as little as possible so that we can fix it as quickly as possible when we return to power.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz slammed Netanyahu saying “No political move justifies breaking ranks and creating a public dispute with the US, our greatest friend. We will make sure Israel has the military option to protect itself. The policies that I led will continue and grow stronger in the current government.”
“Our government will make an effort to deepen and cultivate relations with our friends in both parties – bipartisan,” new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said. “If there are disagreements, we will manage them through mutual respect.”
Netanyahu said as he left office:
“The new American administration asked me to keep our disagreements on the nuclear thing, and I’ll tell you why. Because the lessons of history are in front of my eyes. In 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to bomb the railway leading to the extermination camps, and refused to bomb the gas chambers, which could have saved millions of our people. We hoped for others to save us, and they didn’t come. In the face of the threat of extermination, we were helpless.
“Our voice was not heard among the nations. We had neither a state or an army. But today we do have a voice. We do have a state, and we do have defensive power. And therefore, I told the US Defense Secretary Austin who visited here a few weeks ago, a quote, ” As the prime minister of Israel, I shall do everything to oppose an agreement that will lead to the nuclear armament of Iran.” And I will oppose the agreement that you are proposing both publicly and operationally.
“And I’ll say something else. I’ll say that even though I hope, I hope very much that we won’t get to this. If I have to choose between a tension between us and abolishing an existential threat to Israel, then abolishing the growing threat with an agreement or without an agreement. Unfortunately, Bennet doesn’t have the international standing. He doesn’t have the credibility. He doesn’t have the ability. He doesn’t have a government.
“He doesn’t have the ability to put up genuine opposition. And from all the differences, of which there are many, between us and the incoming government, this is the most important and fateful difference for the future of the state of Israel. An Israeli prime minister must be able to say no to the president of the United States on matters that endanger our existence, and to back this up with massive work in congress, in the senate, and in public opinion, into the greatest democracy, which is the United States.
“That is what I did in 2015, when I spoke in the US Congress despite the fierce opposition of the president of the United States. Who will do this now? Prime minister Yair Lapid, who attacked my speech in congress? Because most members of the government designate support the nuclear-
“Members of the government designate support the nuclear agreement. Doesn’t matter what they say here, they do not want and they are not capable of standing up to the United States. Listen closely to what I’m about to say. I’m telling you, from the moment the United States returns to the nuclear deal with Iran, the incoming government will not authorize meaningful operations inside Iran in order to prevent its continued armament.
“At most, they will make a few limp remarks for protocol, or say a few meaningless things behind the scenes of no value. A government that is incapable of standing up forcefully against the international community on matters that are fateful for us is not worthy of leading Israel even for a single day.
“That is the incoming government. Iran understands this, too. No wonder they’re celebrating there today. They know that were it not for the efforts that we led, Iran would have had an arsenal of nuclear weapons long ago with the objective of eliminating us.
“Iran is celebrating because it understands that from today there will be a weak and limp government that will align itself with the dictates of the international community. So I have a message. I have a message for those who are rejoicing in Tehran, and for their acolytes in Hamas and Hezbollah, the opposition in Israel will have a very strong voice. And I have another message for them, no less important.”