Israel’s Parliament Edges Towards New Government Despite Chaos
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, approved its new government on Sunday, to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s reign for the first time in 12 years. Outgoing Israel’s longest-serving leader Benjamin Netanyahu, removal is vetoed by the leadership of a coalition of the right-wing, left win centrist, and Islamist parties in the country g. It also spared Israel from the prospect of the fifth election in less than two years.&The new leadership is Israeli tech millionaire and lawmaker Naftali Bennett, who has been described as more right-wing than Benjamin Netanyahu.
The parliamentary vote was marred by jeers and chaos coordinated by some right-wing lawmakers including those from Netanyahu’s Likud party who hurled insults at Bennett, calling him a “traitor” and a “liar” for allying with leftist and Arab parties. It would be recalled that Bennett, is a former aide to Netanyahu, in his speech, praised Netanyahu as having “worked hard and faithfully for the state of Israel.”
While he also emphasized the need for new leadership in the country stating that “We stopped the train before the abyss,” Mr. Bennett said. “The time has come for different leaders, from all parts of the people, to stop, to stop this madness.”The U.S. President Joe Biden has so far sent a congratulatory message to Bennett, and other leaders of the new government and cabinet saying “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations.&Israel has no better friend than the United States.
The bond that unites our people is evidence of our shared values and decades of close cooperation and as we continue to strengthen our partnership, the United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security.