International News Jun 14, 2021 9:48 PM EST

In 'scorched earth' speech, Netanyahu rips into Biden

Benjamin Netanyahu's final speech to the Israeli Knesset as Prime Minister on Sunday was full of vitriol aimed directly at Joe Biden.

In 'scorched earth' speech, Netanyahu rips into Biden
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Benjamin Netanyahu's final speech to the Israeli Knesset as Prime Minister on Sunday was full of vitriol aimed directly at Joe Biden.

Especially at issue for Netanyahu was the Biden administration's new overtures to the Iran government in an attempt to revive an Obama-era deal.

According to the NY Post, Netanyahu even went as far as "comparing the US return to the Iran nuclear deal to President Franklin Roosevelt declining to bomb the train tracks to Auschwitz when he had the opportunity."

Netanyahu's exact words on the subject were:

"The new US administration requested that I save our disagreements on the Iran nuclear deal for behind closed doors, and not share them publicly.I told them I won’t act that way."

"In 1944, at the height of the Holocaust, US President Franklin Delano Roosevelt refused to bomb the railway leading to the extermination camps, and refused to bomb the gas chambers, which could have saved millions of our people."

"We hoped for others to save us, and they didn’t come. In the face of the threat of extermination, we were helpless."

The total speech lasted a bit longer than a half-hour, as Netanyahu will lose his role as prime minister and make way for an eight-party coalition led by Naftali Bennett. This will be the first new head of state for Israel since 2009.

Bennett is said to be more to the left on economic issues, but in many ways he may be to the right of Netanyahu on issues such as the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. He is also said to be equally opposed to the US-Iran deal, although Netanyahu stated he wasn't confident that Bennett will follow through on his words:

"I’ve heard what Bennett said [regarding the Iran issue], and I’m concerned, because Bennett does the opposite of what he promises."

"An Israeli prime minister has to be able to say no to the president of the US on matters that endanger our existence. I’ll be happy if this doesn’t come true, but from the moment the US returns to the Iran deal, this government will not approve operations against Iran to stop their armament."

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