The Zionist Union responded to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's appointment of Minister of Science Technology of Space to be Israel's next ambassador to the UN by saying: "Houston we have a problem.""The appointment of Space Minister Danon as ambassador to the UN is another nail in the coffin that Bibi is putting in Israel's foreign relations. The Prime Minister is acting to find jobs for Likudniks instead of the strategic leader that Israel needs," a statement released by the party read. Opposition leader Isaac Herzog called Danon's appointment cynical and one made by a small minded politician. Herzog said that Danon's views would lead Israel to international isolation. Danon opposes a Palestinian state, and was in favor of a more forceful Israeli offensive in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge. Danon has also stated that he doesn't believe that the Palestinian people exist.