August 15, 2017
Mr. Netanyahu did state one essential truth, however: the world can bring an end to Israel’s occupation of Palestine.
In his speech, Netanyahu ridiculed former Prime Minister Ehud Barak (“an old man with a new beard”) for a warning he made in 2011 – when serving as defense minister under Netanyahu – that Israel was about to face a “diplomatic tsunami”: “There’s an international movement towards recognizing a Palestinian state within the 1967 borders… Israel’s delegitimization is on the horizon, even if the citizens don’t see it. It’s dangerous and requires action,” Barak said at the time.
Six years have passed since Barak’s warning – six years of more settlement building for Israelis and dispossession for Palestinians, six more years of impunity, violence, and oppression. And indeed – six more years without a diplomatic tsunami.
“What tsunami? What isolation?” Netanyahu said, mocking Barak last week. “Nonsense… Israel is enjoying an unparalleled diplomatic spring.”