Opposition leader accuses Prime Minister Yair Lapid of ‘giving in to Hezbollah threats’
Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu reportedly accused the United States of interfering in Israel’s November 1 elections by brokering an agreement between Israel and Lebanon to resolve a maritime border dispute.
On Sunday evening, the Kan public broadcaster reported that the former prime minister claimed in private talks that the Biden administration was trying to interfere in the election campaign.
The channel says the Likud leader also said he was pissed off at a warning from Democratic Senator Robert Menendez, who chairs the US Senate Foreign Affairs Committee, that the inclusion of far-right lawmakers in a possible future government led by Binyamin Netanyahu would damage US-Israeli relations.
The opposition leader also accused Prime Minister Yair Lapid of “giving in to threats from Hezbollah” and maintained that if he were able to form a government after the elections, he would not be bound by this. OK.
The Iranian-backed Hezbollah terror group repeatedly threatened the gas facilities during the US-mediated talks.
Yaïr Lapid responded directly to Binyamin Netanyahu on Twitter: “For 10 years you have failed in your attempt to reach this agreement, at least do not harm Israel’s security interests and do not help Hezbollah with messages irresponsible.”
Defense Minister Benny Gantz also slammed Netanyahu’s remarks, accusing the opposition leader of being guided by “irresponsible political considerations.”
A new poll published Sunday evening indicates that Binyamin Netanyahu’s right-wing bloc would narrowly fail to muster a majority in the Knesset.