Skip to comments.Labor Chief Slams PM over Mandela Memorial Absence
Posted on 12/10/2013 4:41:27 AM PST by Tailgunner Joe
Opposition Chairman and Labor leader, MK Yitzhak Herzog, accused Prime Binyamin Minister Netanyahu of "insensitivity or plain stupidity" over his decision not to attend Nelson Mandela's funeral.
In a Facebook post, Herzog said that he has spoken with the heads of the Jewish community in South Africa and that they are incensed by Netanyahu's behavior. "We learned this week that the prime minister does not necessarily understand when it is proper to save money and when it is not," he explained.
"I wonder if his behavior and that of his bureau regarding Nelson Mandela's funeral stems from insensitivity or plain stupidity. The heads of the Jewish community in South Africa are furious over the prime minister's behavior, his zigzagging and the declaration that he will not come because of the financial cost."
"This is interpreted as a dismissive attitude toward South Africa," Herzog accused. "On top of all that, there is a lack of diplomatic common sense here; the prime minister would have been able to meet the heads of the world's most important states and instead he chose to intensify the Israeli feeling of isolation."
After the president and prime minister announced that they could not attend the funeral, Knesset Speaker MK Yuli Edelstein (Likud-Beytenu) took off for South Africa instead, to represent the Jewish state at the head of a five-MK delegation.
The reasons cited for Netanyahu's decision not to attend the funeral were the high costs involved as well as the complex security considerations. President Peres suffered from influenza recently and his health was cited as the reason for not attending.
Netanyahu has come under fire from the Israeli press in recent weeks for allegedly spending too much on household expenditures as well as on travel.
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Seems the whole liberal world wants to Kiss Mandela’s old dead Butt.
They would have jumped on the travel expense if Netanyahu had gone. Domestic politics in Israel is a rough business.
Doesn’t anyone remember the Mandela necklace?
I wouldn’t leave either
what he is not saying is that there is a huge risk of attack on Israel; he can’t leave
Because he's black! That hides and justifies any atrocities he may have committed.
Has it occured to anyone else but the audience at Mandela jamboree is very black, where is that RAINBOW every liberal is talking about ?
I am VERY disappointed that Cruz has seen fit to “honor” this commie with his presence. And to see that photo of him on his knees with those miscreants is really too much.
I don’t - what was the Mandela necklace? Do tell.
Why should Netanyahu go to a country that doesn’t like Israel and supports the Pali’s? I wouldn’t go either. not even counting the security concerns of going there.
The necklace was a great favourite of Winnie Mandela’s. A car tyre put round someone’s neck, filled with gasoline, and then set alight.
Oh. THAT kind of necklace. Figures the world is honouring him.
> I wouldnt leave either
what he is not saying is that there is a huge risk of attack on Israel; he cant leave
I think he knows that there’s a price tag on his head right now too. From the list of people I’ve seen that will be in attendance, it woud be a terrorists wet dream to detonate a bomb there even though I’m sure there will be extreme security in force there.
“Because he’s black! That hides and justifies any atrocities he may have committed.”
Anyone that thinks that way is a total idiot and not fit to live on this planet!!!
well you are right, he is unjustly hated
you are not serious
tire around the neck of the doomed filled with gasoline and lit on fire
Being the only US Senator to attend the Mandela memorial is quite an accomplishment, because among other things it inoculates Cruz from being called a ‘racist’ domestically as it adds to his gravitas as a serious conservative player on the international stage.
Rather than being disappointed by his singular attendance at this worldwide media event, you should applaud Ted Cruz for his political instincts and ability to ‘flip the script’ on his leftist opponents.
They’ll get over it...I already have...
But of course it dos. I should have guessed. LOL