Bennett Slams Netanyahu on Iran: Never Has Anyone Talked So Much and Done So Little

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Israel's Prime minister Naftali Bennett in the Knesset in Jerusalem, today.
Israel's Prime minister Naftali Bennett in the Knesset in Jerusalem, today. Credit: Emil Salman
Michael Hauser Tov
Michael Hauser Tov

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett harshly criticized on Monday his predecessor, opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, accusing him of "talking so much and doing so little" when it comes to curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Bennett spoke in a Knesset plenum discussion held at the behest of the opposition after collecting 40 signatures of lawmakers to hold a session attended by Bennett on potentially renewing coronavirus restrictions at Ben-Gurion International Airport.

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In his remarks at the session, Prime Minister Bennett said that his government is working to address the failings of the previous government, including problems relating to the pandemic. 

The new government will last its full four-and-a-half year term, because it's working for the country and not for a single individual, Bennett declared, in apparent reference to Netanyahu. "You are all invited to join," he added, addressing the members of the opposition in the Knesset, who repeatedly interrupted his remarks. 

Netanyahu, who addressed the Knesset after Bennett, rebuffed the criticism. "Our activity halted and foiled and scuttled the Iranian nuclear [program] for years. Everyone knows the truth," he said.

"The ones who know the truth regarding our activity are the Iranians, who looked forward to our government being replaced by your government," he said in reference to the Bennett-Lapid government. "They know why!"

Netanyahu attacked the government over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying that it isn't doing enough to import additional doses of vaccine. "For weeks, I have been demanding that you move up, bringing in additional millions of vaccine [doses]."

"The situation at the moment could cost many lives. This vaccine already should have been here," Netanyahu added.

On Sunday, Prime Minister Bennett said that Israel reached an agreement with Pfizer on Saturday night to expedite the company's next shipment of COVID-19 vaccines.

Earlier on Monday, Netanyahu blasted Prime Minister Bennett over his secret meeting with Jordan's King Abdullah earlier this month, saying that "when Bennett gives water, Abdullah gives oil to Iran."

Jordan and Israel announced Thursday that Amman will purchase an additional 50 million cubic meters of water from Israel and increase its exports to the West Bank from $160 million a year to around $700 million.

Speaking in a Likud faction meeting at the Knesset, Netanyahu said that “It’s very important, but he apparently didn’t understand that when he gives water, Abdullah gives oil to Iran,” Netanyahu said.

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