New Israeli PM Begins First Government Meeting With Jewish Prayer
After the vote in Knesset, new government met in Jerusalem office and made first decisions related to local and foreign policy.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened the meeting with a blessing. He called on members of the government to work together for the benefit of citizens. The government was approved by a majority of 60 votes, 59 voted against, 1 abstained.
The new Israeli government, approved on Sunday, June 13, held its first formal meeting in the Knesset. At the beginning, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett pronounced a blessing with gratitude for what has happened (שהחיינו)
We are on the verge of a new era, Prime Minister Naftali Bennett opened the meeting. “Citizens are looking at us. We must meet their expectations. We will work together in close cooperation to close the divisions in society and return the state to normal functioning. After all the conflicts and stagnation, we are looking to the future, he emphasised.
"We need to show restraint in matters of ideology"
The first task for the ministers was set by the head of government to appoint the general directors of the ministries. Bennett stressed that candidates must be selected with great care, without haste.
I believe that there is a special situation of compliance of the new ministers with the responsibilities that they have to fulfill. This is a fresh stream.
To succeed in our work, we need to show restraint in matters of ideology, he said turning to the ministers. Focus on real life: building new roads, developing public transport, education, health care, economics, security, all of which will ensure the stability of the government.
It is necessary to move forward. Each in his own ministry, in his field. With God's help, we will do and we will succeed, concluded Mr. Naftali Bennett.
Netanyahu says Iran is celebrating new weak government in Israel
Earlier before the oath-taking during the debate in Knesset, then Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the new government a weak Cabinet.
You are building the regime of Iran and North Korea in Israel, you will pass fascist laws and arrange dictatorships under the guise of beautiful words about democracy, Mr. Netanyahu stated.
One of the opposition parties politicians, leader of the conservative party National Union–Tkuma, Mr. Bezalel Smotrich called the new Coalition a government of blasphemy.
President Biden, The First Foreign Leader Who Congratulated
Immediately after the announcement of the results, a kind of ceremony of transfer of power in the Knesset took place. Netanyahu and members of the former government rose from the seats that were set aside in parliament in the government sector and moved to the opposition seats. During the transition of deputies from the government sector to the opposition Benjamin Netanyahu shook hands with the elected Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Immediately after the castling of seats, the ministers were sworn in. The first to be sworn in was the new prime minister, Naftali Bennett.
During the ceremony, Likud deputies left the plenary meeting room. Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly left parliament immediately.
US President Joe Biden congratulated Naftali Bennett on the establishment of the new government.
Israel has no greater friend than America, he wrote in his congratulatory message. I look forward to strengthening relations. The United States will continue to uncompromisingly support Israel's security, he added.
New Prime Minister a Millionaire
Mr. Naftali Bennett was born in Haifa, one of three sons to Jewish American immigrants Mr. Jim and Ms Myrna Bennett, who moved to Israel from San Francisco after the Six-Day War.
While serving in the Israel Defense Forces, he was a company commander in the special forces of Sayeret Matkal (special forces of the General Staff) and Maglan, continues to serve in the reserve with the rank of major.
Studied at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
In 1999, he co-founded and CEO of Cyota, a computer security software development company. Cyota was sold in 2005 to RSA Security for $ 145,000,000. Mr. Bennett is an affluent capital investor.
Mr. Bennett became the first Jewish Orthodox prime minister in history of Israel.