Israeli Deputy Transportation Minister Tzipi Hotovely attacked former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s comments about the current Prime Minister today in an interview with Arutz Sheva Radio.
Earlier tonday, Olmert sharply criticized current Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for airing differences between Israel and the US regarding the deal reached by world powers last week on Iran’s nuclear program.
“We’ve declared war on the Obama administration,” he lamented Sunday, in a public debate at the Institute for National Security Studies. “We must steer clear of anything that would give the impression that we want to lock horns with our biggest ally.”
Hotovely fired back that “there is a misunderstanding about the role of [the] Prime Minister, who was chosen by the people to stand up for Israel on its own, even against the President [of the United States]” and reiterated that Netanyahu was attempting to prevent a “historic mistake” on the scale of the Munich Agreement.
Hotovely’s comparison pits the deal with Iran, which allows some sanctions to be lifted in exchange for Iran easing up its nuclear weapons program, with the agreement between Nazi Germany and major world powers to allow the Third Reich to invade parts of Czechoslovakia. That agreement was seen by many as a failed attempt at German appeasement which led to the Second World War.
Hotovely was not impressed by the attempt to portray Netanyahu as harming relations between Israel and the United States. According to her, Netanyahu is well versed in the mysteries of diplomacy and yet he understands that there is a serious error at play when the American government allowed the continued Iranian uranium enrichment under the interim deal.
Regarding Olmert’s statements, Hotovely remarked that it came from “the insolence of someone who failed as Prime Minister. He ties Israel’s hands by claiming that we will not attack [Iran]. He takes Israel’s basic right to security off the agenda,” she fired.
“[Olmert] insists that the deal is better for everyone, but the deal is not working at all. He would have rather seen Jerusalem divided in the name of international appeasement than worry about Israel’s security in the long-term,” Hotovely concluded.
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