Today, Monday, former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu handed over his duties to his successor, Naftali Bennett, in a meeting that lasted only half an hour.
No statement was issued by the Israeli Prime Minister, nor were pictures of the meeting published, until the news was prepared.
“The joint session between Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu ended in the Prime Minister’s Office,” the Israel Broadcasting Corporation said.
She added that the meeting lasted only half an hour, during which Netanyahu briefed Bennett on the vital issues that must be addressed, and no statement was issued about the meeting, nor were any pictures published of it.
The Israeli government took the legal oath yesterday evening, after it won the confidence of 60 Knesset deputies, 59 opposed, and one MP abstained.
This morning, members of the new government posed for a souvenir photo with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.
In his first speech as leader of the right-wing opposition in the Knesset, on Sunday, Likud party leader Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to bring down the new government headed by Bennett.
Netanyahu said in a speech to deputies of the right-wing and religious opposition parties that he leads, that this government will be overthrown at the earliest opportunity because it is a dangerous fraud government and the people of Israel will be saved, as he put it.
Netanyahu called on opposition members for what he called iron discipline to ensure the government’s fall.
In turn, Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Shtayyeh said that “the Palestinian government does not consider the new government in Israel to be less bad than the previous one.” And Shtayyeh condemned the new Israeli prime minister’s declaration of his support for settlements.
At the same time, Shtayyeh considered that with Netanyahu’s departure, one of the worst moments in the history of the conflict with Israel has ended.