Netanyahu's use of bomb diagram during UNGA address draws mixed bag of reactions in Israel, some of which dismiss his rhetoric as 'gimmickry'- : "Red lines are not achieved through drawing presented on stages, but in closed rooms and via cooperation and the restoration of trust between us and our most important ally – the United States."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's UN General Assembly address, during which he busted out a red marker and an illustration of a bomb to demonstrate Iran's worrisome nuclear progress, drew varied responses from his fellow politicians.
"Netanyahu drew a pretty diagram, but he failed to draw an effective international road
map towards stopping the nuclear program," Opposition Chairman Shaul
Mofaz (Kadima) said. "The problem lies not in waiting for next spring or summer, but in the fact that the West is distancing itself from Israel under Netanyahu's leadership.
"What needs to be achieved now is an agreement over these red lines, via discreet coordination with the United States," he added. "Setting a red line unilaterally restricts Israel's maneuvering room and isolates the threat as a Jewish problem, rather than a global one."
MK Shelly Yachimovich, who heads the Labor Party, echoed Mofaz' sentiment: "Red lines are not achieved through drawing presented on stages, but in closed rooms and via cooperation and
the restoration of trust between us and our most important ally – the United States."
She further blasted Netanyahu for equating the Iranian threat to the Holocaust.
Meretz (Hard left) Chairwoman Zahava Gal-On resorted to punning: "Netanyahu dropped a bomb at the UN by announcing that Iran will have the bomb by next summer. With the stroke of a red pen, Netanyahu drew a diagram that would put Kadisman (Known artist in Israel) to shame."
She further accused the PM of employing gimmicks and tricks as tool of intimidation instead of sitting down with Obama for talks.
Knesset Member Arieh Eldad (National Union),on the other hand, questioned Netanyahu's apparent resolve to strike Iran's nuclear facilities. He suggested that the prime minister's speech was meant to appease the Palestinians in order to gain the international community's support on Iran, but at the same time assertedthat it has become "quite clear the world won't lift a finger" to stop
the Islamic Republic's atom program.
"Netanyahu is wasting precious time; he only talks instead of striking," he said, noting that the approach was not making headway with the Palestinians, either.
Yair Lapid's party, Yesh Atid, released a statement in support of Netanyahu's address, but also expressed concern over the state of the Israeli-American ties.
Minister for Strategic Affairs Moshe Ya'alon joined Yishai and stepped out in defense of the prime minister. He noted that Netanyahu's demands were in line with "historic experience" that touches upon setting limits for "wayward regimes."
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