Biden congratulates Bennett, agrees to work closely on regional security, Iran
June 13, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden on Sunday just hours after the Israeli leader was sworn into office. Biden offered his “warm congratulations” to Bennett and “highlighted his decades of steadfast support for the U.S.-Israel relationship and his unwavering commitment to Israel’s security,” according to a White House readout. The president also expressed a desire to deepen the cooperation between the two countries, agreeing “that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security, including Iran.” READ MORE
JERUSALEM POST Israel’s newest prime minister, Naftali Bennett, begins premiership Benjamin Netanyahu’s record-breaking term as prime minister ended on Sunday night when the Knesset voted to approve the new government formed by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. The new government passed at 8:55 with the support of 60 MKs, while 59 opposed it. Ra’am (United Arab List) MK Saeed Alharomi abstained. The MKs in the new coalition and their family members in the visitors’ gallery erupted in applause when the results were announced.
ISRAEL FROM THE INSIDE WITH DANIEL GORDIS The National Liberation Movement of the Jewish People Those of us who subjected ourselves to watching the Knesset proceedings live on Israeli TV, for hour after mercilessly horrifying hour, got a bit of a sense of what things must have sounded like in 586 BCE or 70 CE. It was much worse than painful. It was humiliating, infuriating, sad beyond words. I found myself saying to myself, “We’re going to lose this one, too. No question.”