Knesset swearing in ceremony.
(photo credit: Marc Israel Sellem/The Jerusalem Post)
The 22 ministers of the 33rd government swore to be faithful to the State of
Israel and its laws in doing their job on Monday evening, as the opposition
accused them of detachment from the public and making secret political
The Knesset meeting opened with the election of Yuli Edelstein as
Knesset speaker, followed by speeches by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and
opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich (Labor).
“As prime minister, I have a
major responsibility to the one and only Jewish state. Our existence here cannot
be taken for granted, and our presence here is not coincidental,” Netanyahu
The prime minister called for the new government to act “in the
spirit of cooperation and partnership,” and promised it will serve all of the
Israeli public, including those outside the coalition.
acknowledging internal challenges, like lowering housing costs, Netanyahu said
he cannot ignore threats outside of the state’s borders.
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