Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Lieberman on Friday strongly criticized Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s handling of the Iran nuclear deal, charging that thwarting the agreement between Tehran and world powers was “too much for him.”
In a withering interview with the Hebrew-language Yediot Achronot daily, the former foreign minister and once staunch ally of the prime minister also ruled out joining the coalition, and criticized Netanyahu for publicly airing his grievances with US President Barack Obama.
“They simply laugh at us when we start to talk about Iran,” said Liberman about the international community. “We need to replace the prime minister,” he said.
The Iran nuclear deal is “too much for him,” Liberman added. “In order to deal with the issue, you must be creative. Determined. Make tough decisions. He has none of these [qualities].”
Netanyahu is “an excellent campaigner, the best we have here. He knows how to make promises he doesn’t intend to keep,” Lieberman charged. “He’s getting us nowhere.”
The opposition Knesset member added that he had outlined his own plan to oppose the nuclear deal, and presented it in the “appropriate forums.
“On the Iranian issue, I am the most well-versed, and know best how to deal with it, ” he said. “I have a detailed plan on what must be done. I don’t intend to talk about it publicly.”
Regarding the openly chilly US-Israel ties, Lieberman maintained that the prime minister was wrong to comment on the strained relationship.
“The whole fight between Netanyahu and Obama is one big mistake. So there are disagreements. You don’t need to share them with the whole world. This only proves how alone we are,” Lieberman said.
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