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Benjamin Netanyahu sworn in as Israel prime minister for a sixth term

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On Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as Israel’s prime minister for a sixth term, according to PTI. The 73-year-old is supported by 63 members of Israel’s 120-seat Knesset, while 54 legislators voted against him in a confidence vote.

In this sense, Netanyahu’s allies include far-right parties whose stated policies have drawn criticism both at home and abroad.

Representatives from the Religious Zionism and Jewish Power parties, both of which oppose Palestinian statehood, will serve in the government. According to Reuters, leaders of both parties have clashed with Israel’s judicial system, the country’s Arab minority, and LGBT rights activists.

 

The Israeli Parliament held a confidence vote on Thursday to confirm the majority Netanyahu and his allies won in the November general elections. This was the country’s fifth election in less than four years.

Netanyahu, who had been prime minister for 12 years in a row, was deposed after an eight-party coalition formed in 2021. On a rotating basis, right-wing leader Naftali Bennett and centrist Yair Lapid were chosen as prime ministers.

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Following the vote of confidence on Thursday, Netanyahu stated that his government’s three “national goals” would be to prevent Iran from going nuclear, to build a bullet train that runs the length of the country, and to bring more Arab countries into the Abraham accords fold, according to PTI.

The Abraham Accords, which will be ratified in September 2020, were signed by Israel, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain, and are being mediated by the United States. It was the first Arab-Israeli peace agreement in 26 years, since Jordan signed one in 1994.

US President Joe Biden said Thursday that he would work with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling him a “friend” but vowing to oppose policies that jeopardise a two-state solution with the Palestinians.

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