The new Israeli government headed by Naftali Bennett held a ceremonial session at the parliament headquarters (Knesset) after gaining parliamentary confidence, while thousands came out in Tel Aviv and occupied Jerusalem to celebrate the overthrow of Benjamin Netanyahu. Meanwhile, international reactions, mostly welcoming, followed the formation of this government.
Bennett – who will alternate as prime minister with “There is a Future” party leader Yair Lapid – announced that his government will work to heal the internal rift in Israel, and that it has a lot to do.
Meanwhile, dozens of Israelis opposed to former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demonstrated in front of the Knesset building, coinciding with the special session held to vote on granting confidence to the new government.
The demonstrators raised Israeli flags and banners in support of the new government. They also chanted slogans against Netanyahu, and demanded his trial and imprisonment in the corruption cases he is accused of.
In Rabin Square in Tel Aviv, thousands of Netanyahu’s opponents gathered to celebrate the end of his rule.
This came after Bennett was sworn in as head of the new government, which passed a vote of confidence in the Knesset by one vote, as 60 deputies granted it their confidence, 59 opposed it, and one member abstained.
Bennett had said that the new government would begin its work by confronting the Iranian nuclear project, which he said is the greatest threat to Israel, and pledged to strengthen settlements in all areas, especially in the lands classified “C”.
On the other hand, Netanyahu promised – in his speech to parliament before the vote on the new coalition – to return to the leadership of the country “soon”, considering that “Iran celebrates today” the new Israeli government, and added that Bennett and his friends represent a “false right”, and that people are well aware of this. .