Labor Head Says PM Profits from Anti-Israel Wave

MK Herzog said anti-Israel vote in British parliament proves that Israel must take initiative diplomatically.

Gil Ronen ,

Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog
Opposition Leader Yitzhak Herzog
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Opposition Chairman and Labor Party Head MK Yitzhak Herzog said Wednesday on IDF Radio that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu profits politically from Israel's increased diplomatic isolation, claiming it deflects attention from his failed social and economic policies, including the high cost of housing.

Relations between Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama are at all-time low, Herzog charged, and demanded that Israel present a diplomatic initiative for regional peace.

“Netanyahu is leading us into a complete dead end for which we will pay the price,” he added, in the wake of Sweden and then the UK's decision to recognize "Palestine" in non-binding moves.

"I have spoken to many leaders of late, in order to try and persuade them that unilateral steps will not assist peace,” he explained, “but the answer that I get is that Israel is not doing anything in order to help the world to help it."

He claimed that "a group of settlers dictates the policy of the government, and the Housing and Construction Minister, the Economics Minister, the Foreign Minister and the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee are dependent on it.”

He was referring to Ministers Uri Ariel and Naftali Bennett of the Jewish Home, Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beytenu) and MK Ze'ev Elkin (Likud).

Ironically, Ariel recently admitted that Netanyahu's government is implementing a covert building freeze against Jewish homes in Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, and called for the end of the freeze - just as he did back in May, when he said "there will be no more freezes."