A new page in the history of Israel was dismissed yesterday, June 13, 2021, after parliament voted on a Modley coalition led by his former ally, at the end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 – year rule. Naphtali Bennett.
Sixty MPs voted for the new coalition, including the support of an Arab party on the right and left, 59, mainly from Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party, and far-right and radical parties. -Artax, opposed to it.
Before the former prime minister could cover his face, shake hands with his successor and leave parliament in a hurry, some of the new members of the government moved in with tears and took the oath.
The first president to react was US President Joe Biden, a close ally of Israel, who immediately greeted Naphtali Bennett in a statement saying he was “looking forward to working with” her.
As soon as the results were announced, a crowd of Israelis gathered in Jerusalem, a suburb of Nazareth. Celebrated Netanyahu’s departure from power, but with thousands in Robin Square, Israeli flags flying.
“This prime minister stayed there for a long time, he changed the organization in his favor and tried to escape some crime, so today is party time in Tel Aviv,” said 24-year-old Jorel Frankandi, a barrister.
A few hours ago, during his last speech as Prime Minister before the Nazareth, Benjamin Netanyahu, who led the country from 1996 to 1999, then promised to return to power “sooner” than any of his 71 from 2009 to June 13, 2021. His case for corruption, fraud and abuse of power in a series of cases.
As a sign of the difficulties waiting for the new alliance, Naphtali Bennett found it difficult to speak in parliament, drowning under the zeal of his opponents.
“I understand that today is not an easy day for many, but it is not a day of mourning, it is a day of change, a day of regime change in a democracy,” he promised.
In the assembly elections last March, Likud ended up in a polar state, but Benjamin Netanyahu failed to mobilize the majority of the 61 delegates needed to form a government.
Faced with a stalemate, President Reuven Rivlin handed over the task to opposition leader Ur Lapit.
The latter were defeated by the extremists in early June, forming an alliance of two left parties, two centers, three from the center, three from the right and – very rarely – the Arab creation Ram de Mansour Abbas.
The support of Mansour Abbas and Naphtali Bennett is needed to reach the threshold of the majority. Mr. To confirm Bennett’s support, Lapidte proposed who would be the first prime minister for two years, before wearing the head of state’s outfit in August 2023.
Of course, this weak Modley coalition can stay in power until then.
From abroad, reactions echoed: “We look forward to strengthening the EU-Israel alliance for general prosperity and lasting regional peace and stability,” European Council President Charles Michel tweeted, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel said she would like to cooperate. “With the new government.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated his new envoy. Meanwhile, British Foreign Secretary Dominic Robb said he was “pleased to continue to work together on security, trade and climate change and to work together to ensure peace in the region”.
In his last days defending a decade of shaping Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu spoke passionately on the net about his record: “normalization” with many Arab countries, the growth of the Israeli economy internationally and its path. One of the most important achievements of his command of the secret operation of the Iranian archives in 2018 carried out by the Secret Service.
In presenting his government’s broad plans to parliament, Naphtali Bennett confirmed that his coalition would not allow “Iran to buy nuclear weapons.” “This government is beginning its mission under the most serious security threat,” he said, referring to Iran, which has promised that its country will have “full freedom of action” against its full-fledged adversary, while defending itself against the acquisition of nuclear weapons.
In addition to the Iranian problem, this government, united in its desire to overthrow Benjamin Netanyahu, must find a common cause for the post-epidemic economic recovery, and avoid important issues such as the Palestinian question.
Once he takes office, he will face challenges on Tuesday, such as the Israeli far-right march on the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territory of East Jerusalem.
Hamas, the Islamist movement that has ruled Palestinian Gaza under Israeli siege, has already threatened retaliation if the march was held near mosques. He said the new government had not changed “anything” in its relationship with Israel.
In May, Hamas made a similar threat before launching rockets into Israel, leading to an 11-day war with the Jewish state.