‘Netanyahu should resign’ Benjamin Netanyahu

Washington. – The Israeli prime minister has been an “obstacle” to the two-state solution with Palestine for years, Nancy Pelosi has said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is an obstacle to peace in Gaza and “should resign” from his position, former US House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said.   

She made the remarks on Monday in an interview with Irish public broadcaster Raidio Teilifis Eireann (RTE) during her visit to the country.   

Pelosi criticised the Israeli leader’s response to the October 7 Hamas attack which saw Palestinian militants kill over 1 100 people on Israeli territory and take around 250 hostages.   

The former House speaker cited the recent resignation of Israel Defence Forces (IDF) intelligence chief Major General Aharon Haliva over the failure to prevent the attack, before pointing the finger at Netanyahu.  

“We recognise Israel’s right to protect itself. We reject the policy and the practice of Netanyahu – terrible. What could be worse than what he has done in response?” Pelosi told the outlet.  

“He should resign. He’s ultimately responsible,” she added.  

When asked if Netanyahu is a “block” to peace, Pelosi replied that “he has been for years,” adding that she doesn’t know whether the Israeli leader is “afraid of peace, incapable of peace, or just doesn’t want peace.”   

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The change of tune in Washington, Israel’s key ally, followed the killing of six aid workers from the World Central Kitchen humanitarian organisation. 

The IDF targeted the group’s convoy in what it claimed to be a tragic mistake, despite the food supply mission being closely coordinated with the military.  

Meanwhile, the Senate approved on Tuesday a long-stalled $95 billion emergency spending bill which includes $26 billion in aid to Israel and $61 billion for Ukraine. – Xinhua. 

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