Netanyahu: Bennett's ultimatum a bluff

PM dismisses accusations by Education Minister over request to delay vote on Regulation Bill, says he is focused on meetings in UK and US.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu took off Sunday evening for a meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May.

Before boarding the plane, Netanyahu criticized Education Naftali Bennett for refusing to delay the vote on the Regulation Law, which is scheduled to begin tomorrow night.

"I am constantly hearing fake ultimatums. I am not bothered by this." Netanyahu said. "There are people who are busy with empty briefings to the media and on social networks while I am busy with running the country. And as I run the country I think only about our overall national interest and act accordingly. If I have anything to tell you, you will know about it soon enough."

The Prime Minister was asked whether the Regulation Law would be voted upon tomorrow in the Knesset, or if he would seek to delay the vote on the law, as was reported earlier. "If I had something to tell you, you would already know about it." he answered.

Speaking of his trip to London, Netanyahu said that "we are in a period of diplomatic opportunities, and also challenges."

"The opportunities stem from the fact that there is a new administration in Washington, and a new government in Britain. I intend to speak with both of them about tightening relations, between each side and Israel and trilaterally," said Netanyahu.

"This is what I will do next week in Washington and in London tomorrow. The challenges stem from the fact the Iranians also understand what I have just said. They are trying to test the boundaries with extraordinary aggression, gall and defiance. I think that the most important thing at the moment is that countries like the US, which will take the lead, Israel and the UK line up together against Iran's aggression and set clear limits to it. This will be the first issue, among many, that I will discuss with UK Prime Minister Theresa May and, of course, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson."

The Prime Minister also said the Iranian threat will be the first of many issues he will discuss with Prime Minister May and British Foreign Minister Boris Johnson.