Several world leaders welcomed the new Israeli government, but the Palestinians remained unaware of what they perceived as a continuation of the previous administration.
Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule ended on Sunday, when his administration was replaced by a coalition government made up of centrist Yair Lapidov and extreme nationalist Naftali Bennett. The Israeli parliament approved the new government in a 60-59 vote of confidence.
The vote came after Lapid ended a coalition deal with eight different parties, a small total, with the exception of a desire to oust Netanyahu, leaving many analysts questioning the new government’s long-term chances of survival.
This is how world leaders reacted to the new government.
US President Biden has said the United States remains committed to Israel’s security and will work with its new government. In a statement, the US President welcomed the new governing coalition led by nationalist Naftali Bennett, who sought to re-establish US-Israeli ties.
“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close, stable relationship between our two peoples,” Biden said. “Israel has no better friend than the United States.
“The United States remains committed to supporting Israel’s security,” Biden said. “My administration is fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to ensure the security, stability and peace of the people of Israel and the Palestinians throughout the region.”
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has said she looks forward to “working closely” with Israel’s new prime minister.
“Germany and Israel have a unique friendship that we want to further strengthen. “With that in mind, I look forward to working closely with you,” Merkel said in a Twitter message to her spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer.
The office of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has said that a change of government remains an Israeli issue and that the demands of the Palestinians remain the same.
“This is an Israeli internal affair,” said Nabil Abu Rudeine, a spokesman for Abbas. “Our position has always been clear, what we want is a Palestinian state in 1967. “On the border, Jerusalem as the capital,” he added.
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum claims that regardless of the color of the administration, Israel “remains a colonial entity.”
“Regardless of the government in Israel, it will not change the view of our Zionist organization,” Barhum said. “It is an occupation, a colonial union, which we must resist by force to regain our rights,” he added.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz congratulated Bennett և Lapid և and said that he was looking forward to working with them.
“Austria is committed to Israel as a Jewish ‘democratic state’ and will continue to stand by Israel,” he said on Twitter.
The British Foreign Secretary also congratulated Bennett and Lapid on the formation of the government.
On Twitter, Dominique Raab said he was looking forward to continued UK-Israel “cooperation on security, trade and climate change, working together to bring peace to the region.”
The Prime Minister of Canada Just Astin Trudeau said he was looking forward to working with Bennett ապ Lapid to support our people ‘safe, as we recover from the COVID-19 global epidemic, to help our two countries build better.’
In a statement, Trudeau said the leaders would “explore ways to further strengthen Canada-Israel relations,” including through a bilateral trade agreement. He also thanked Netanyahu for “a valuable partnership over the years.”
The leader of the majority of the US Senate expressed hope that the new government will pave the way for “serious” negotiations on the settlement of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
“I urge the Biden administration to do everything possible to unite the parties to help reach a two-state solution where each side can live side by side peacefully,” Schumer said.
The ousted Israeli prime minister quickly took to social media, promising to return to power soon.
“Do not let your spirit get in the way,” he said on Twitter. “We will be back sooner than you think,” he added.