Joe Biden congratulated Naftali Bennett and reminded that Israel “has no better friend than the United States.”

Joe Biden congratulated Naftali Bennett and reminded that Israel “has no better friend than the United States.”
FILE PHOTO: US President Joe Biden delivers remarks during a brief appearance in the Cross Room of the White House in Washington, US, May 20, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst/File Photo

President of the United States, Joe Biden congratulated incoming Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on SundayAfter he overthrew the coalition of parties, Benjamin Netanyahu and the formation of a new government.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all members of the new Israeli government.” Biden said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to advance all aspects of the close and lasting relationship between our two countries. There is no better friend for Israel than the United States.”

Israel opened a new page on Sunday with a A vote of confidence in Parliament Who formed the “Change Coalition” of ideological opponents united to remove Netanyahu from powerThe longest serving prime minister in its history.

right wing Naftali Bennett, in an alliance that moves from left to right and includes Arab parties, achieved Vote for 60 out of 119 deputies present (out of 120 room available), and 59 against, belong to Likud The outgoing prime minister and far-right and extremist groups.

“I understand that today is not an easy day for many, but it is not a day of mourning, it is a day of regime change and regime change in a democracy”The far-right leader had indicated in his speech to the Knesset.

Bennett during his speech at the Knesset (Menachem Kahane/Paul via Reuters)
Bennett during his speech at the Knesset (Menachem Kahane/Paul via Reuters)

“I promise this government will work for the whole country, and no one should be afraid”added.

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He also warned that his government We will not let “Iran develop nuclear weapons” and “retains absolute freedom of action” against Tehran.

On his part, the outgoing prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu told parliament that he would continue in politics and predicted that he would return to power “soon.”

“If we are destined to be in the opposition, we will do it with our heads held high, we will bring down this bad government and we will lead the country again in our own way (…) We will be back soon!”, confirmed.

Before the vote approved by the government of this heterogeneous coalition (two parties from the left, two parties from the center, three from the right and an Arab formation), the leader of the centrist opposition Lapid Tweeted: (Headlines) Morning change.

The outgoing prime minister posted a picture with the late rabbi on the same social network Menachem Mendel SchneersonWho wished him “success” in his struggle.

Netanyahu, 71, present He was tried for a year on corruption charges. Protests to demand his resignation were continuing, the last of which was on Saturday evening.

In front of his official residence in Jerusalem, The protesters did not wait for a vote in Parliament to celebrate the “fall” of “King Bibi”, The title of Netanyahu, who headed the government from 1996 to 1999 and without interruption since 2009.

Celebrations in Tel Aviv after the change of government.  (Reuters/ Corinna Kern)
Celebrations in Tel Aviv after the change of government. (Reuters/ Corinna Kern)

The new alliance will be led by Naftali Bennett, head of the right-wing Yamina party, for the first two years, and then Yair Lapid for a similar period.

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After the last legislation in March, The opposition rallied against Netanyahu and was surprised by the support of the Israeli Arab party of moderate Islamists Mansour Abbas.

“The government will work for the entire population, religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox, Arab, without exception.”Bennett, who was close to the outgoing president, promised.

Lapid, who is expected to become Minister of Foreign Relations, added that “the population deserves a responsible and effective government that puts the country’s interest first.”

(With information from AFP)

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