Former Israeli PM accuses Netanyahu of biting the American hand that feeds it and sabotaging peace with moderate Palestinians
Former Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Thursday again attacked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over both his behavior toward U.S. President Barack Obama and the economic woes facing Israel.
Continuing, Olmert said, “This government has, for the past four years, refused peace. It did everything possible to aggravate the moderate, peace-loving sector of the Palestinian leadership and created a situation where the extremists are encouraged, perhaps so that they can say later that there is no one to talk to. But it isn’t only against our partners in dialogue, it’s also against our best friends.”
Olmert went on to attack Netanyahu’s economic policy of the last four years, arguing that it was the nation’s shaky economic situation that compelled the prime minister to call early elections.
“Anyone who dares to say that most of the spending was on infrastructure needs for the future isn’t telling the truth,” he said. “The State of Israel has to return to its dimensions. It’s time to stop making pretensions, to stop violating the common position of the majority of the world, and acting against our closest, most genuine friends.”