Israel New Government: Benjamin Netanyahu promised he would be “prime minister of all peoples” after Israel’s President Isaac Herzog was officially invited to form a new government on Sunday (November 13).
A few days after the November 1 election, a statement issued by the President’s Office said that Netanyahu, who won the support of 64 members of the Knesset (Israel’s parliament), has been entrusted with the responsibility of forming the next government. This was the fifth election in the country in the last four years. Herzog invited Netanyahu to form the government during a meeting at the presidential residence.
Why is it beneficial for India?
Netanyahu (73), Israel’s longest-serving leader, has led by winning elections five times—more than any other prime minister in the country’s 74-year history. Netanyahu will have 28 days to form the government. If there is a need to extend the time, the President has the legal authority to grant up to fourteen additional days.
Netanyahu’s return to power is likely to further deepen India-Israel strategic ties. An advocate of strong bilateral ties with India, Netanyahu was the second Israeli Prime Minister to visit India in January 2018. Prime minister Narendra Modi The visit to Israel in July 2017 was the first visit by an Indian Prime Minister to this country. The relationship between the two leaders had become a matter of intense discussion at that time.
What did Isaac Herzog say?
President Isaac Herzog said he was “not ignorant” of the corruption trial against Netanyahu, but the court ruled it was not an obstacle to Netanyahu’s mandate. “Israel needs a government that may not reflect all worldviews and sections of the legislature in its structure, yet knows how to lead a process of engagement and integration among all peoples and a responsible, Be alert, open, frank, and maintain good communication with other branches of government.
What did Benjamin Netanyahu say?
President Herzog announced on Friday (11 November) that he would invite Netanyahu to form a new government after consultation with the leaders of all political parties who have been elected to the 25th Knesset in the November 1 election. . Israel’s president began discussions with leaders of political parties soon after formally receiving the election results from the chairman of the Central Election Committee last Wednesday. Netanyahu, who is preparing to receive the mandate to form a new government and form a government for the sixth time under his leadership, said he would be prime minister for “all citizens of Israel without exception”.
‘it is not true’
Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Many people have welcomed the election results but there are some who have made harsh comments and are scaring the public. This is not the first time such things have been said. That’s what he started about (Menachem, the first leader of the Likud party). He also said about me, it was not true even then and it is not true even today. I have not chosen. It shows what I believe in and who guides my actions.
Will a stable government be formed this time?
Benjamin Netanyahu thanked all 64 members of the Knesset who expressed their support for him and said he would form a stable and successful government. In addition to Netanyahu’s Likud party, he has the support of right-wing coalitions including Shas, United Torah Judaism, Religious Zionism, Jewish Power and Noam.
The Likud party won 32 seats in parliament, while outgoing Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid got 24 seats. Religious Zionism has got 14 seats. Netanyahu’s other potential coalition partners – Shas and United Torah Judaism – won 11 and seven seats respectively, bringing the coalition’s total number of MPs to 64 in the 120-member parliament.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity won 12 seats, and Finance Minister Avigdor Lieberman’s party won six. The Labor Party, which was once in power in Israel, won four seats with only 3.25 percent of the vote. The political deadlock in the country began in 2019, when Netanyahu was accused of bribery, fraud and breach of trust, which he denied.