In over a decade as prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu has created more than his fair share of political memes — from the cartoon bomb he displayed at the United Nations to decry the Iran nuclear deal in 2012 to his “nix it or fix it” speech to the same body on the same theme five years later.

His latest innovation came Monday in what has been dubbed the “pickle speech.”

Speaking at the opening of the Knesset’s winter session in Jerusalem, Netanyahu assailed the political opposition and media for their allegedly sour outlook, calling them “hamutzim” — literally “pickles,” but colloquially “sourpusses.”

“When pickles talk, you hear conversations like, isn’t the situation here horrible and terrible? Isn’t everything falling apart? By the way, did you order tickets to London or Berlin?”

“They’re sour, and off they fly!” he jibed.

Netanyahu minister argued that most Israelis are sweet on their country, pointing to Israel’s ranking as the fifth happiest among developed countries, and its young people as second happiest.

“It’s hard for you pickles to accept it,” he said.

The prime minister’s rhetoric quickly became the talk of Israel. In the subsequent hours and days, it was broadcast across traditional and social media and echoed both by Netanyahu’s friends and foes.

Even before he finished delivering the speech, Netanyahu provoked a response: One opposition member walked out of the chamber in protest, and two others were ejected for jeering.

That evening, Channel 2 TV sent a reporter to Ben Gurion Airport to ask Israelis returning from abroad what they thought about the prime minister’s comments. Some conceded he had a point, but others were unimpressed.

“I prefer to be pickles than to be sour like Bibi,” one man said.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu tweeted a photo of himself posing with a large can of Israeli pickles.

“We have a wonderful nation that loves to eat pickles, but it is not sour,” he wrote, adding a pickle emoji for emphasis.