This new administration is committed to bringing stability, safety, and law and order back to the people of Israel.
Having been sworn in as prime minister of Israel on Thursday, Benjamin Netanyahu returned to power.
Netanyahu was already the Israeli prime minister with the longest tenure in the country’s history. After serving as Israel’s Ambassador to the UN from 1984 to 1988, he was elected as prime minister in 1996 at 46, making him the youngest person to hold the position. During his time as prime minister from 1996 to 1999 and again as finance minister from 2003 to 2005, he drastically lowered tax rates intending to move the Jewish state closer to capitalism. The debt-to-GDP ratio achieved one of its all-time lows under his watch while foreign investment inflows hit a new high. In 2009, Netanyahu began his longest and record-setting prime ministerial term of 12 years.
On Thursday, when he was sworn in as prime minister, Netanyahu stated, “This new administration is dedicated to restoring governance, peace, and personal security to the residents of Israel.” “I hear the opposition’s continual laments about ‘the end of the state’ and even ‘the end of democracy,'” he said in response to opponents in Israel and abroad who have blasted his coalition for featuring hardline nationalists like Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir.
Losing elections is not the end of democracy, he said the opposition members; it is the foundation of democracy itself. For a democratic system to function, the losing side must be ready to accept the majority’s decision. The rules of the game are respected in a well-run democracy.
Today, we witnessed the World Cup final in a different setting, where unhappy French supporters accepted the outcome despite sharing their feelings. The Argentine squad even got some applause from them. “I know you won’t celebrate, but I expect you to accept the voters’ choice and stop revolting against the elected administration,” he said.
Netanyahu performed the common Jewish prayer of thanksgiving for completing a task or achievement: “Blessed are You, O Lord, our God, King of the world, that we have lived and survived and reached this moment.”
In September, the Biden administration made clear its intention to counteract a potential rightward tilt in Israel if Netanyahu were to return to power, labeling a prospective friend of the outgoing prime minister a “big concern for us.”
According to Israel HaYom, a Biden administration official expressed concern about the prospect that Itamar Ben Gvir, a member of the Knesset and the leader of the Right-wing group Otzma Yehudit, may be appointed to a ministerial position in the next Israeli government.
The government representative stated, “It would be a major problem for us.” No, we don’t want someone like this serving in government. Netanyahu is an intelligent and seasoned leader who knows the repercussions of such a move. To reiterate, we are still in the preliminary stages. Therefore this still needs to be addressed with him. On the other hand, there is no question in my mind that he gets it.
Others were offended by the implication that the Jewish state’s complete independence in electoral and political matters may be compromised.
Brigadier General Tzvika Fogel, who is secular but has joined Gvir’s party, stated, “My purpose is to fight for the benefit of a Jewish, democratic, nationalist, and Zionist country.” I support efforts to establish legal sovereignty, improve government, and increase population density. To counter the ideology of left-wing parties that don’t value the Land of Israel highly, we must tighten our grip on it.