On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu used his last speech in front of the Knesset to vow a swift return to office, while also attacking his successor and Joe Biden’s radical efforts to revive the failed Iran nuclear deal.
Fox News reports:
Netanyahu, 71, stepped aside for the new coalition government led by Naftali Bennett who became the new prime minister after a 60-59 vote…. Biden quickly congratulated the new government.
Bennett’s office said he later spoke by phone with Biden, thanking him for his warm wishes and longstanding commitment to Israel’s security.
Netanyahu described Bennett, who was once his ally, as a political lightweight who does not have the talent to handle the job.
Netanyahu went on to talk about the challenges in dealing with the U.S. He said “the administration” in Washington had asked him “not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly.”
“But with all due respect, I can’t do that,” Netanyahu said, according to the Jerusalem Post.
“The prime minister of Israel needs to be able to say no to the president of the United States on issues that threaten our existence,” he said. The report said Netanyahu recalled his 2015 speech in front of a joint session of Congress to voice his dismay over the Obama-era nuke deal.
A senior Israeli diplomat told Axios that Netanyahu “is trying to leave scorched earth for the incoming government.