2021-06-14 11:18:31 | Israel’s Frail New Coalition Gets a Quick First Test

Story by: Patrick Kingsley and Adam Rasgon The New York Times World News

“We call on our people in Jerusalem and in the occupied interior to mobilize to resist the settler groups by various means and tools,” Qanou added.

The new government publicly projected an image of unity on Monday morning as its ministers gathered in the residence of largely ceremonial President Reuven Rivlin for a formal photo with the head of state. Mr. Bennett was also expected to meet with Mr. Netanyahu later that day for a formal private surrender.

The government also took its first major step: Benny Gantz, the Secretary of Defense, officially called for a Commission of inquiry into the rush to a holy Jewish site on the mountain. Meron, northern Israel, in early May that killed 45 believers. Mr. Gantz said it was not possible to advance such an investigation under Mr. Netanyahu, whose government relied on the support of ultra-Orthodox politicians who opposed the investigation.

The new administration continued to receive congratulatory messages from foreign governments, including Russia, India and the United Arab Emirates. The messages were followed on Sunday by similar statements of support from Germany, Canada, Austria and the European Union as well as telephone calls from President Biden to Mr Bennett and Foreign Minister Antony J. Blinken to Mr Lapid.

Mr. Bennett spoke out against American-led efforts to restore an expired Obama-era nuclear deal with Iran. However, analysts expect the Bennett administration to largely keep its disagreements secret and seek greater bipartisan support for Israel in the United States than Netanyahu, who got close to former President Donald J. Trump after falling into a falling out relationship with his predecessor Barack Obama had built up.

The Palestinian Authority shrugged its shoulders at the news from Mr. Bennett’s administration, saying that the Israeli attitude towards the Palestinians had remained the same from government to government.

” In Israel, a government was formed without Netanyahu, yet it is imprecise to call it a & # 39; government of change & # 39; “said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Palestinian Authority, which exercises limited autonomy in parts of the West Bank, in a statement.

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