Prime Minister Netanyahu supported Finance Minister Smotrich’s clarification of his words to defuse the diplomatic spat with the US over the latter’s impending visit while implying that US ambassador Nides needed to temper his criticism.
Netanyahu stated on Saturday night that everyone needed to temper the language and bring down the situation.
According to Netanyahu, that entails strongly criticizing offensive statements and rephrasing our own words when we slip up or misuse them.
I want to thank Minister Bezalel Smotrich for clarifying that his words on the vigilante attacks on Hawara following the murder of the Yaniv brothers were improper and that he is adamantly opposed to purposefully injuring innocent civilians, Netanyahu added.
“Although Minister Smotrich revised his stance, I am still awaiting a Palestinian Authority denunciation of the Yaniv brothers’ murder. And Israel is waiting for the world to demand that the PA denounce that attack,” he continued.
Not only has it not done so, but it also continues to ignore the PA’s blatant incitement, the revolting sight of Palestinians handing out candy to celebrate terror attacks against Israelis, and other infuriating incidents.
It’s time for the international community to stop remaining silent about Palestinian support for terrorism, said Netanyahu.
Netanyahu said in his Hebrew tweet that “None of us are without mistakes, including foreign diplomats,” about the US ambassador’s claimed statement regarding Smotrich that “He has a flight to Washington, and if I could, I would toss him off the plane.”