The White House said that US President Joe Biden called the new Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, “to extend his warm congratulations”, after his government gained the confidence of the Knesset, stressing his commitment to working with it.
“On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all members of the new Israeli government,” Biden said in a statement. Read also Who is Naftali Bennett, a disciple of Netanyahu who overthrew him? Israel confronts itself..a deep division and a rare warning of political assassinations amid the escalation of hate speech The Washington Post: Change in Israel is prompting Washington to rethink its relationship with Tel Aviv Get to know my rivals Netanyahu, Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett
The statement added that Biden assured Bennett that his administration will work with the new government to advance peace and security efforts for Israelis and Palestinians, and said that the two leaders agreed to consult on all matters related to regional security, including the Iranian file.
Bennett quickly responded to the statement via Twitter, writing, “Thank you, Mr. President, I look forward to working with you to strengthen our relationship.”
The leader of the extremist “Yamena” party, Naftali Bennett, was sworn in as prime minister of the new Israeli government, after the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) voted in favor of granting confidence to the new government coalition, while the US administration welcomed the new government, stressing the strengthening of solid relations with Israel.
The Knesset voted in favor of granting confidence to the government coalition by 60 votes to 59, ending the 12-year rule of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In his speech during the voting session, Bennett, who will head the government alternately with the leader of the “There is a Future” party, Yair Lapid, said that his government will support settlements in all areas of the West Bank, especially in Area C.
Bennett stressed that his government would fight the nuclear agreement with Iran, and would not allow it to acquire a nuclear weapon, refusing to revive the nuclear agreement with Tehran, and promised to represent “the coalition for change in Israel as a whole.”
For his part, outgoing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that without his government’s efforts, Iran would have possessed a nuclear weapon that threatens Israel’s existence. He added that the second challenge after the Iranian challenge is to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state that threatens our existence.
Netanyahu indicated that members of the new government oppose construction in settlements and support the establishment of a Palestinian state, stressing that his alliance will bring down what he described as the left-wing government faster than many imagine.
After Bennett was sworn in, scenes broadcast by the Israeli media showed demonstrating hundreds of people in front of the prime minister’s residence, to celebrate the departure of the Netanyahu government, amid an intense security presence.
Hamas is attached
The Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) has confirmed that the form of any Israeli government will not change the nature of the movement’s dealings with Israel as an occupying settlement entity that must be resisted.
The movement’s spokesman, Fawzi Barhoum, said in a statement that the repetition of the Israeli electoral process and what it produces inside Israel is evidence of the depth of the political crisis, which it is experiencing in parallel with its ongoing military and security crises.
Barhoum stressed that the movement continues to establish the equation that Palestinian blood and sanctities are a red line, and that the behavior of the new government on the ground determines the nature and course of field dealing with the occupation, as he put it.
In the first international reaction, US President Joe Biden said he looked forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to advance the close and lasting relationship between the United States and Israel.
Biden added that his administration is committed to working with the Israeli government to promote security, stability and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
For his part, US Secretary of State, Anthony Blinken, warmly welcomed the announcement of a new government in Israel, saying he looks forward to working closely with both Bennett and Lapid.
Chaos in the Knesset
The Israeli Knesset witnessed chaos during its special session to vote on the government of Naftali Bennett, as many members protested and boycotted his speech.
The Speaker of the Knesset ordered that a number of “Religious Zionism” representatives be expelled from the hall, respectively; Because of their boycott Bennett, who continued to speak.
High-tech millionaire Naftali Bennett, leader of the hardline Yamina party, will alternate in the leadership of the new coalition government.
He is followed by the role of the former famous TV presenter, Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist opposition party “There is a future”, for a term of two years each, according to the coalition agreement between them.
Bennett will be the first to lead the government until August 27, 2023, and then Lapid will lead it until November 2025, according to the newspaper, “Haaretz.”
The new government coalition consists of 8 parties extending in their political orientations from the far right to the far left, including for the first time the Palestinians of 48.
Netanyahu, 71, failed to form a government after the fourth elections in Israel in two years, on March 23.