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Biden congratulates incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett

US President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett after parties ousted Benjamin Netanyahu.

Biden congratulates incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) greets US President Joe Biden (L) and US First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London. US president Biden has congratulated incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett - Copyright POOL/AFP PHIL NOBLE
Britain's Queen Elizabeth II (R) greets US President Joe Biden (L) and US First Lady Jill Biden at Windsor Castle in Windsor, west of London. US president Biden has congratulated incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett - Copyright POOL/AFP PHIL NOBLE

US President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated incoming Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett after an alliance of parties ousted Benjamin Netanyahu and formed a new government.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet,” Biden said in a statement.

“I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations. Israel has no better friend than the United States.

Biden added that he was “fully committed to working with the new Israeli government to advance security, stability, and peace for Israelis, Palestinians, and people throughout the broader region.”

Bennett, a right-wing Jewish nationalist and former tech millionaire, will take over at the helm of the eight-party bloc, united only by their shared disdain for the hawkish right-wing leader known as Bibi.

In a Knesset speech before the vote, the 49-year-old Bennett promised the new government, a coalition of ideologically divergent parties, “represents all of Israel.”

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