So did Avigdor Lieberman, director-general of the Prime Minister's Office during part of Netanyahu's first term.
Like Netanyahu, Abbas finds faces no strong political challengers.
Reuters picked up the remarks, citing the Iranian news agency, and Netanyahu and many of his supporters quickly ran with it.
The gap matters not only for deciphering Netanyahu's fuzzy math.
But Netanyahu has given no indication that he is interested in making concessions of any kind.
They would probably have refused, and yet Netanyahu would have had a comfortable majority of more than 70 MKs.
Newspaper editorials continue to excoriate Netanyahu, even calling for his resignation—editorials written by his supporters.
Hoping for a change in Netanyahu or even for Israeli unilateralism—whatever one might think of its merits—is misguided.
The kettle was adamantly calling the pot black as Netanyahu accused Iran of doing all sorts of shady things with nuclear power.
Actually, I'd like to get back to Netanyahu's view of what makes a country Jewish.