According to a report in the Times of Israel, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu yelled at anti-reform demonstrators as he left for his trip to the US early on Monday morning, accusing them of siding with Israel’s enemies, including Iran and the PLO.
Several hundred people demonstrated at Ben Gurion International Airport in opposition to Netanyahu’s departure, chanting, “Go and don’t come back.”
Netanyahu criticized the anti-reform demonstrators in statements to the media before leaving, apparently in both Israel and the US, accusing them of “allying with the PLO and Iran” in their actions, which he framed as being against Israel rather than his government.
“Whoever organizes the protests does so with a lot of money and with demonstrations that are supported financially.
They are defaming Israel in front of the entire world by normalizing actions such as road blockades and refusal to serve in the military or reserve units. To them, everything appears typical.
In response to the widespread anti-government demonstrations, the prime minister declared, “I was the leader of the opposition, and I did not insult Israel in the world. “We are witnessing individuals forming alliances with the PLO, Iran, and others. I’m no longer surprised by anything,” he added.
Later, Netanyahu’s administration clarified that he was referring to anti-government demonstrations planned concurrently with BDS and pro-Iran demonstrations in the US.
Netanyahu’s comments riled up the opposition’s leader, Yair Lapid (Yesh Atid), who charged that Netanyahu was the one harming Israel’s reputation and supporting Iran.
No one has damaged Israel’s reputation abroad more recently than Netanyahu, according to Lapid. “The reform of his government’s system benefits Iranians more than anything else.
His charges against the protest’s patriotism serve as further evidence of the grave interference with his judgment and comprehension of reality. Benny Gantz, the leader of the National Unity party, claimed that Netanyahu’s actions were doing “tremendous damage” to Israeli society.
Gantz stated that “Even if we disagree on the route of action, we are dealing with patriots, lovers of the country,” adding that “Netanyahu’s attack, accusing the demonstrators in the US of cooperating with our enemies, is serious and deserving of universal condemnation.
The enormous harm that Netanyahu is doing to Israeli society by his actions cannot be undone by a thousand fiery speeches at the UN. Instead of blaming the demonstrators, it is necessary to put an end to the regime change and restore order to the administration, he said.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that they are “joining forces with the PLO and Iran,” to which the leaders of the rallies in the United States responded fiercely, saying that “loving Israel means preventing it from becoming a dictatorship. You resemble a despot on the run more.