QUOTES-Hope, anger and defiance greet birth of Israel's new government
I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations." NABIL ABU RUDEINEH, SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS “This is an internal Israeli affair.
Following are reactions to the new government in Israel, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett. BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER
"We'll be back, soon." JOE BIDEN, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
"On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations." NABIL ABU RUDEINEH, SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS
“Regardless of the shape of the government in Israel, it will not alter the way we look at the Zionist entity. It is an occupation and a colonial entity, which we should resist by force to get our rights back.” BENNY GANTZ, ISRAELI DEFENCE MINISTER
"So, there's a new Administration in Israel. And we are hopeful that we can now begin serious negotiations for a two-state solution. I am urging the Biden Administration to do all it can to bring the parties together and help achieve a two-state solution where each side can live side by side in peace." MANSOUR ABBAS, ARAB MEMBER OF NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
"We are aware that this step has a lot of risks and hardships that we cannot deny, but the opportunity for us is also big: to change the equation and the balance of power in the Knesset and in the upcoming government." DAPHNA KILION, ISRAELI IN JERUSALEM
"It's a sad day today, it's not a legitimate government. It's pretty sad that almost 86 (out of 120 seats) in the parliament, the Knesset, belong to the right-wing and they sold their soul and ideology and their beliefs to the extreme left-wing just for one purpose - hatred of Netanyahu and to become a prime minister." SEBASTIAN KURZ, CHANCELLOR OF AUSTRIA, VIA TWITTER
"Congratulations to PM @naftalibennett and alternate PM @yairlapid for forming a government. I look forward to working with you. Austria is committed to Israel as a Jewish and democratic state and will continue to stand by Israel's side."
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