Netanyahu vows that Likud will lead next government

"My friends and I will establish a nationalistic government led by Likud," said opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu in response to the dissolving of the Knesset

 Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is seen at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2022. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)
Israeli opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu is seen at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2022.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid announced that they were dissolving Knesset on Monday to the disappointment of the coalition and the delight of the opposition.

Netanyahu's combative speech

"This is an evening of great news for the many Israeli citizens," said opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu. "After a resolute fight from the opposition in the Knesset and much suffering of the Israeli public, it's clear to everyone that the most failing government in the history of the country has finished its journey.

"The government that relied on supporters of terrorism, that forfeited the safety of its citizens, that raised the cost of living to previously unseen record highs, that took unnecessary taxes - that government is going home.

"My friends and I will establish a nationalistic government led by Likud. A government that will take care of you, all of Israel's citizens without exception, a government that will lower taxes, lower prices, lead to great accomplishments. And more than anything, a government that will bring back the national pride so that you can walk the streets with your head held high." 

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"The government did good work. It is too bad that the state has been dragged to elections."

Defense Minister Benny Gantz
 WHO WILL greet Biden? Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid or Benjamin Netanyahu? (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST) WHO WILL greet Biden? Naftali Bennett, Yair Lapid or Benjamin Netanyahu? (credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

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An "inevitable result"

"Just as I warned, the irresponsibility of certain MKs in the coalition brought on the inevitable result," said Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar. "The goal in the next election is clear: preventing the return of Netanyahu to power and enslaving the nations to his interests."

"Well done to Lapid and Bennett who are being responsible and choosing to lead rather than be pulled along," said Labor MK Eran Hermoni. "I wish Lapid luck in his role as prime minister."

"The change government has begun to return Israel to its citizens," said Labor leader Merav Michaeli. "The change coalition united different sections of Israeli society. I am proud that Labor took part in the coalition."

"I'm sorry that Israel is going to another election," said Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel. "I'm proud of the accomplishments and results that we had in the Communications Ministry and other ministries in the government.

"I did and still do believe that there is a big group of people serving in the army and paying taxes, center-right, that needs proper representation in the Knesset. We will work to make that happen."

This past year, since the establishment of the change government, was a year in which we did great things for Israel," said Public Security Minister Omer Bar Lev,

"This government, which connected between all parts of the political sphere, put the good, welfare and security of its citizens at the top of its priorities and made big changes that will still affect many greatly. I am proud to have been a part of this government."

Opposition reactions

"Naftali Bennett, you could have prevented the nightmare you put the country through," said Likud MK Miri Regev. "You and your business partner Yair Lapid, who just like businessmen who are going through bankruptcy, are chasing away assets and exchanging owners.

"This won't help you, your story is over. The Israeli public understands exactly who you are. Go home."

MK Miri Regev

"I hope that a new sun will rise on the State of Israel," said MK Itamar Ben Gvir. "The people need a fully right-wing government that will repair the damage done by the dangerous government and return security to the streets. With God's help, this time it's the Right's turn to win.

"Soon, with the help of God, we will have Jewish unity, Zionism and real nationalism that will lead Israel," said Religious Zionist Party leader Bezalel Smotrich.

"I'm so happy that we've come to the last episode of the long series 'Bennett and his lies,'" said MK Simcha Rothman. "Those who promised not to sit in Knesset under Lapid, are crowning him today to be the first Israeli prime minister to meet US President Joe Biden.

"But what else can you expect from those who swore not to sit with supporters of terrorism and in the end gave them the power of veto over all the decisions of Israel's government?" He continued.

"This country actualize a far-right policy of expanding the settlements, destroying homes and ethnic cleansing in the West Bank," said Joint list MK Aida Touma-Sliman. "The government that called itself the change government did not bring about any real brave change."