Biden calls out Bennett, world leaders praise new Israeli government
We look forward to working closely with the new Israeli government to strengthen the strong ties between our two countries and advance security and peace for Israelis and Palestinians.
– Vice President Kamala Harris (@VP) June 13, 2021
US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin on Monday congratulated Benny Gantz on his appointment as defense minister in the new government, the Pentagon said.
Austin “looks forward to continuing important cooperation and dialogue with Minister Gantz to deepen the US-Israel strategic partnership,” the statement said. “Israel’s commitment to security remains strong.”
The UN envoy for peace in the Middle East, Tor Wennesland, also took to Twitter to congratulate the new government.
“I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Yair Lapid on the formation of a new Israeli government. I look forward to working with the government to advance the ultimate goal of lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
I congratulate the Prime Minister @naftalibennett & Deputy Prime Minister & Minister of Foreign Affairs @yairlapid for the formation of a new Israeli government. I look forward to working with the Government to advance the ultimate goal of lasting peace between Israelis and Palestinians.
– Tor Wennesland (@TWennesland) June 13, 2021
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau joined him with his own message of congratulations to Bennett and Lapid. To say that Canada “remains firm in its commitment to a two-state solution”. Trudeau also thanked former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for his important partnership over the years. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson also congratulated the new Prime Minister, tweeting: “On behalf of the United Kingdom, I offer my congratulations to Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid on forming a new government in Israel. As we go out of COVID-19, this is an exciting time for the UK and Israel to continue working together to advance peace and prosperity for all. “
On behalf of the United Kingdom I offer my congratulations to @naftalibennett and @yairlapid on the formation of a new government in Israel. As we emerge from COVID-19, it is an exciting time for the UK and Israel to continue working together to advance peace and prosperity for all.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) June 13, 2021
Just like the British Foreign Secretary, Dominic Raab. “Congratulations to Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid on forming a new government in Israel. I look forward to continuing cooperation on security, trade and climate change, and working together to secure peace in the region. “
Congratulation to @naftalibennett & @yairlapid on the formation of a new government in Israel. I look forward to continuing cooperation on security, trade and climate change, and working together to ensure peace in the region.
– Dominic Raab (@DominicRaab) June 13, 2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel also congratulated Bennett, saying she wanted to strengthen the friendship between the two countries and that she hopes to work closely with him. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas congratulated the new government on Twitter on Sunday evening.
Congratulations to the new government of #Israel and to @yairlapid, with whom I look forward to working. Mazel Tov! Germany will always be on Israel’s side. And thank you, @Gabi_Ashkenazi, for your exceptional service and your friendship.
– Heiko Maas (@HeikoMaas) June 13, 2021
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz also praised Bennett and Lapid in a tweet, saying he was looking forward to working with the two of them. “Austria is committed to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and will continue to stand with Israel,” Kurz said.
Indian Prime Minister Narenda Modi wished Prime Minister Bennett his congratulations on Monday morning, tweeting in Hebrew: “To celebrate the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our two countries, I hope to meet you and strengthen our strategic relations.”
. ציון 30 לשדרוג בשנה הבאה, אני מצפה להיפגש איתך ולהעמקת היחסים האסטרטגיים
המדינות שלנו.@naftalibennett @IsraeliPM
– Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 14, 2021
Zachary Keyser and the staff of the Jerusalem Post contributed to this report.