Israeli authorities receives congratulations from White House, Congress, UAE

Both Democrats and Republicans in Congress congratulated Israel’s new authorities, as did a number of world leaders.

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and his cupboard have been sworn into workplace on Sunday, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year-tenure as prime minister. The new cupboard, which incorporates each right-wing and leftist events, is probably essentially the most politically various in Israeli historical past. Bennett is the primary observant Jew to carry the place of prime minister. The authorities can be the first to incorporate an Arab social gathering, represented by Raam.

The Democratic-led House Foreign Affairs Committee mentioned it appears ahead to working with the brand new authorities “in friendship” and praised its variety.

“Congratulations to the people of Israel on the formation of a new coalition government, the most diverse in Israel’s history,” the committee wrote in a Sunday tweet.

Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez of New Jersey, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, additionally lauded the federal government’s various make-up. He tweeted on Monday, “I congratulate the people of Israel on the swearing-in of their new government, representing a broad swath of parties & constituencies.”

Menendez and House Foreign Affairs Committee chair Rep. Gregory of Meeks of New York maintain comparatively pro-Israel views amongst Congressional Democrats. Many youthful, extra progressive Democrats are extra supportive of the Palestinian trigger.

Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas additionally tweeted a congratulatory message to Bennett, writing on Sunday, “I look forward to working closely with him to prevent a nuclear Iran, to defend Israel’s sovereignty, and to strengthen the US-Israel friendship & alliance.”

US President Joe Biden additionally relayed heat needs to Bennett, Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the remainder of the cupboard in a press release on Sunday. Biden has been supportive of Israel all through his profession, however has additionally criticized Netanyahu at instances. The two differed on the Iran nuclear deal specifically. Biden’s assertion didn’t point out Netanyahu.

In his parting speech, the outgoing prime minister in contrast Biden’s views on Iran to the Holocaust and mentioned he refused to maintain silent on the Iranian nuclear challenge.

“The administration in Washington asked me not to discuss our disagreement on Iran publicly, but with all due respect, I can’t do that,” said Netanyahu.

In the Middle East, the United Arab Emirates, which signed a normalization deal with Israel in 2020, congratulated both Bennett and Lapid.

“The #UAE congratulates Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on the formation of a new #Israeli government,” the Emirati Foreign Ministry tweeted on Monday.

Last month’s violence in Israel and Palestine complicated the UAE’s newfound friendship with Israel.

The Palestinian political and military organization Hamas, which fought Israel during the May war, said it will continue to “resist” no matter who is prime minister, according to a spokesman for the Gaza-based group.

“Whatever the form of the government is, this will not change the way we deal with the Israeli occupation as we have to resist with all possible ways and all shapes of resistance,” said Fawzy Barhoom, the Hamas-affiliated Safa news outlet reported.

Several other world leaders also congratulated the brand new authorities, together with in Russia and India.


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