Opposition leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) on Wednesday criticized Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for ordering government ministers to refrain from meeting their Palestinian counterparts as a response to the crisis in the peace process.

Herzog said Netanyahu is "giving fuel and matches to those who hate Israel.

 "It's not clear what good will come from this unnecessary step of disconnecting from the Palestinian Authority," he added. "At the same time, it's clear what damage will come of it. It will hurt our interests and those of businesses."

 Herzog posited that Netanyahu is starting to disengage Israel from the world, an act rooted in frustration and desperation.


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