Isreal Swears-in New Prime Minister

Isreal has sworn in a new prime minister, Naftali Bennett, on Sunday after the 12 years reign of its longest-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu
Israel’s Parliament, the Knesset, approved the new government by just a single vote — 60 to 59, with one abstention.

The moves will break a two-year electoral deadlock, which will mark a likely shift toward the political centre and bringing to an end, for now, the reign of one of the country’s most consequential prime minister.
In his speech before the Knesset confidence vote, Bennett celebrated the diversity and warned of polarization within the country.

“Twice in history, we have lost our national home precisely because the leaders of the generation were not able to sit with one and another and compromise. Each was right, yet with all their being right, they burnt the house down on top of us,” Bennett said. “I am proud of the ability to sit together with people with very different views from my own.”

Meanwhile, the newly elected prime minister has been congratulated by the President of the United States, Joe Biden, who promised to support the new government and looks forward to strengthening the bond between both nations.

Biden stated this in a statement titled, ‘Statement by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on the New Government of Israel’, issued on Sunday.
The statement read, ” On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet.

“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.
“My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region.”

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