Israel’s new government finally sworn in by parliament

Photo: EU Benjamin Netanyahu.

Benjamin Netanyahu unveiled on Sunday his new unity government in the parliament, ending more than 500 days of political stalemate. He was sworn in by the Israeli parliament as prime minister and will be at the helm of the government for the fifth term of his political career.

In the meantime, Benny Gantz, Blue and White leader, was sworn in as alternate prime minister and future prime minister, and minister of defense. Netanyahu will serve as a PM for 18 months and will hand over the premiership to Gantz on 17 November next year.

“The people wanted unity, and that is what it got,” Netanyahu told parliament, expressing the will to be avoided a fourth election and the urgency for fighting against the coronavirus crisis.

According to the observers, the move to share power with former rival, opens the way for Netanyahu to hasten with his agenda for annexation of parts of the occupied West Bank, territory that Palestinians seek for a state.

Commenting following EU foreign ministers videoconference on Friday evening on the West Bank issue, High Representative Josep Borrell said: “We are convinced that we need to work towards bringing a solution to the Palestinian issue and we reaffirm our position in support of a negotiated Two-State solution. For this to be possible, unilateral actions from either side should be avoided and, for sure, international law should be upheld. We must work to discourage any possible initiative towards annexation. This will require reaching out, by all of us, to Israel, US, Palestinians and Arab partners, using all channels that the EU and the Member States have. Our discussions on this complex topic will continue, we will not advance events.”

 

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