In a special session held by the opposition titled "The political, economic and social failures of the Netanyahu government," MK Avi Dichter of Kadima slammed the crisis with Turkey, saying "The attempts to sweep the damage this caused under the rug are pathetic in my opinion."
Dichter, formerly a minister, was the first to take the stage at the session, after the opposition collected the signatures of 40 MKs.
"I seriously wonder what this government's strategy is. It simply cannot be understood," he said. "Mr. Prime minister, let me tell you about a certain rule that says: Great people who deal with petty nonsense turn trivialities into significant matters, while becoming petty themselves."
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu did not appear fazed by the insults. He smiled, and even burst into intermittent laughter with Minister Dan Meridor.
MK Ofir Akunis (Likud), who was next to take the podium, chose to attack Opposition Chairwoman Tzipi Livni, who had left the hall after her party member finished speaking.
"Not only were you part of a failed government, you are setting a historic precedent: You are also part of a failed Opposition, childish and irresponsible… Mrs. Livni is not equal to the task of prime minister, and after a year you can say she isn't equal to the task of Opposition leader either," Akunis said.