Israel's new government holds its first meeting and Bennet vows to "unite the nation"

Israel’s new government holds its first meeting and Bennet vows to “unite the nation”

MADRID, 14 Jun. (EUROPA PRESS) –

The new Israeli Government held its first meeting this Sunday after the Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, approved by 60 to 59 votes the investiture of Naftali Bennett of the Yamina nationalist movement, as the new prime minister, and he has promised “unite the nation”.

Bennet, who has described the inauguration of the Government as “a marvel”, has asked the ministers to show “moderation” regarding the differences, according to ‘The Times of Israel’.

For his part, Yair Lapid, who will be Minister of Foreign Affairs, has said that “friendship and trust” will be the basis of the government and that only that will keep them in power.

This government, which ends more than a decade of Benjamin Netanyahu’s mandate, will meet again this Monday with the outgoing prime minister for the transition of power.

While the meeting was taking place, thousands of people in Tel Aviv have celebrated the new Government with confetti and foam while chanting “Bibi, go home” while hundreds of religious Israelis have concentrated at the Wailing Wall to pray in rejection of Bennett and Lapid.

Likewise, at Netanyahu’s official residence in Jerusalem, sympathizers have gathered to show their support for what he has responded by thanking them and asking them to join an anti-government protest to be held in Tel Aviv next Tuesday.

Bennett comes to power thanks to a broad coalition of Government that covers practically the entire political spectrum and that will allow him to serve as Prime Minister for the next two years, until he is replaced by the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, Yair Lapid. The latter, for his part, will act as alternate prime minister and foreign minister.

Bennett will retain National Security Advisor Meir ben Shabbat, with whom he also met this Sunday.

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