Political stability

June 3, 2021 by J-Wire photo story
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Zionist Federation of Australia President Jeremy Leibler has welcomed the news that Israel may have a new government.

The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90.

“After such a long period of uncertainty”, he said, “I hope a Bennett–Lapid government will provide Israelis with the political stability they deserve.”

He continued, “In recent times, Israeli politics has become increasingly fractious; personality has meant more than policy. That so many parties, representing such a broad cross-section of Israeli society, can form a coalition provides hope that this government will move Israel towards a national healing. Israeli President Rivlin warned that four tribes were at risk of tearing Israel apart; I sincerely hope that this government can help bring them closer.”

Mr Leibler also paid tribute to Benjamin Netanyahu. “Notwithstanding his current legal troubles, it remains that Mr Netanyahu is Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. He has made a profound contribution to Israel, not least changing Israel’s regional footing by signing multiple peace treaties under the Abraham Accords.”

The Australia/Israel and Jewish Affairs Council stated: “AIJAC has welcomed the news that Israel will soon have a new government, ending a long period of political instability, with the formation of the broad coalition, which includes diverse parties united by a determination to provide a workable government during an immensely challenging time.

The coalition includes some strong personalities and idealistic parliamentarians who will bring a diverse range of skills and initiatives to the table.

We look forward to the new opportunities to strengthen the Australia/Israel relationship once the new government takes office.

AIJAC also pays tribute to outgoing Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, who has completed more than twelve years of leading Israel’s government and has overseen enormous advances for Israel in diplomatic and economic fields.”

 

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