(photo credit: Courtesy Knesset)
Knesset members have not shown enough appreciation for the support Israel received in Congress during Operation Protective Edge, Yesh Atid MK Ronen Hoffman said on Tuesday.
Hoffman is a former peace negotiator and aide to prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. He briefly lived in the US and worked as an information officer at the Israeli Consulate in Atlanta.
In a speech in the Knesset plenum, he accused his colleagues of being ungrateful for American support. He read out a congressional resolution in English supporting Israel.
The resolution reaffirmed the right of Israel to defend its citizens, condemned the unprovoked rocket fire, called on Hamas to cease fire, and asked Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity government he formed with Hamas.
“In the last few months, MKs have attacked the US administration unjustifiably,” Hoffman said. “Politicians have a tendency to attack the US just to get a headline, and it’s not smart. Particularly now, when Congress has shown such support, we must display our appreciation.”
Hoffman singled out attacks on US Secretary Of State John Kerry by Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon and strong criticism of US mediator Martin Indyk after he resigned. Hoffman intended to write Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein a letter asking for the legislature to thank its friends in Congress for supporting Israel.