Netanyahu Returns as Prime Minister While Media Throws Hissy Fit Over Israel’s “Most Right-Wing” Government
“Confidence in the government was confirmed by 63 of the 64 coalition members, constituting a relatively solid and cohesive majority in the 120-seat Knesset.”
After eighteen months and three elections, Benjamin Netanyahu has returned as Israel’s prime minister. On Thursday, Netanyahu and his government was shown in after proving a majority in the parliament.
Netanyahu’s Likud party had won 32 seats in last month’s election, and after weeks of negotiations succeeded in getting the support from other right-wing parties to secure 63 seats in the 120-seat Knesset.
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“After over a year in opposition, Netanyahu (73) secured a comeback in the latest election, the nation’s fifth in less than four years, to extend his record-setting tenure as prime Minister,” the Israeli news website Ynet noted.
The Times of Israel reported:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu swore in Israel’s 37th government on Thursday, promising that his right-religious coalition will deliver political stability after five bumpy back-to-back elections since 2019.
Confidence in the government was confirmed by 63 of the 64 coalition members, constituting a relatively solid and cohesive majority in the 120-seat Knesset.
Speaking to the Knesset plenum before the vote of confidence, Netanyahu presented three top priorities for his new government: stopping Iran’s nuclear program, developing state infrastructure — with an emphasis on connecting the so-called periphery to the center of the country — and restoring internal security and governance.
Prime Minister Netanyahu returns to power amid surge in terrorist attacks aimed at Israel largely directed from Palestinian-controlled Gaza and the West Bank. “The new government is determined to restore … quiet and personal security to the citizens of Israel,” he assured the parliament before his swearing in.
The Israeli TV channel i24News reported the composition of the news ministerial cabinet:
Ex-military general and senior party member, Yoav Galant, was tapped as defense minister. Haim Katz will serve as tourism minister, Yoav Kisch as education minister, Avi Dichter will take the role of agriculture minister and Shlomo Karhi as communications minister.
After much speculation, it was announced shortly before Netanyahu took the podium on Thursday that Likud member Eli Cohen would be the next foreign minister, replacing outgoing prime minister Yair Lapid. According to Hebrew media reports, Cohen may rotate with fellow Likud member Israel Katz after two years. If not, Cohen will hold the position for the duration of the government.
Mainstream Media Has Hissy Fit Over Israel’s “Most Right-Wing” Government
Hearing the news of Netanyahu’s return, the mainstream media had a big hissy fit over his choice of right-wing coalitions partners. In an attempt to discredit the incoming Netanyahu-led coalition, it has repeatedly been described in the media as the “most right-wing government in country’s history” comprising of “Jewish ultranationalist and religious parties.”
“Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition will likely test ties with the United States and Europe, amid fears that it will undermine the country’s democracy and stability,” The New York Times hoped.
Media highlighted the opposition-led leftwing “resistance” to Israel’s new democratically elected government.
“Far-right Israeli government sworn in amid surge of resistance,” The Washington Post reported. Netanyahu was “launching a divisive chapter of national politics that pits newly influential ultrareligious, ultranationalist leaders against an opposition that warns democracy is in peril,” the newspaper lamented.
Germany’s state-run TV Tagesschau covered the developments in the Jewish State with the headline: “The New Government That Also Causes Fear.”
“The Israeli parliament has confirmed the new, ultra-right government of long-time Prime
Minister Netanyahu. The opposition is greatly worried,” the German state news outlet sobbed.
The globalist media fears that the news government in Jerusalem could defend and strengthen the rights of Jews living in Judea and Samaria, or West Bank.
“Netanyahu’s cabinet has promised to expand illegal settlements in occupied West Bank and pursue other anti-Palestinian policies,” Qatar’s state-controlled Al Jazeera TV channel complained Thursday. “Hardline coalition vows to legalise dozens of illegally built outposts and annex the occupied territory,” the left-wing British newspaper The Guardian echoed.
The Biden White House appears to shares media’s hostility and is set to take an adversarial stance towards Israel’s next government.
“President Joe Biden and his aides have a plan for how to deal with the far-right, anti-Palestinian tilt of the incoming Israeli government: make it all about Benjamin Netanyahu,” the Politico reported December 20. “The Biden administration will hold the presumptive Israeli prime minister personally responsible for the actions of his more extreme cabinet members, especially if they lead to policies that endanger a future Palestinian state (…),” the news outlet noted.
PLO-led Palestinian Authority, Hamas Renew Threats Against Israel
The Biden administration and the globalist media outlets are not alone in their hysertia and hostility towards Israel. The PLO-run Palestinian Authority (PA) and Gaza-based terrorist group Hamas renewed their threats against the Jewish State as Netanyahu returns to office.
The Jerusalem Post reported:
“The threats of the occupation and its new extreme right-wing government will not frighten us,” PA Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said at the rally. “We affirm that we will remain steadfast until the Palestinian state is established and until victory.”
Shtayyeh said Fatah will remain “loyal to the martyrs and prisoners, its founders and our people.” He urged Palestinians to pursue the “popular resistance” against Israel. (…)
Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said the Palestinians will confront the new Israeli government through “resistance and unity.” He too said the Palestinians were not afraid of “threats’ made by members of the new Israeli government.
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