“We know that Netanyahu is pressing you to postpone the vote for another five days in order to give more time to search for dissidents,” Bennett said.
In his speech, he added, in a few days, “we will swear to form a new government. The coalition agreement must pass a vote of confidence in the Knesset, before the new government and the prime minister are sworn in. Next Monday, June 14, is the deadline for submitting the coalition to the Knesset.” .
Bennett continued: “This is not a disaster, this is not a disaster. It is a change of government, a normal and usual occurrence in any democratic country.”
Last Sunday, Bennett announced that he was working on forming a unity government with Yair Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid (There is a Future) party. On Wednesday, a coalition of Israeli political parties announced their approval of a deal to form a new government, paving the way for Netanyahu’s exit after the longest-serving Israeli prime minister.
Lapid informed Israeli President Reuven Rivlin that he had managed to form a coalition less than an hour before the midnight deadline on Wednesday.
Bennett said: “There are those who oppose the unity government and are working to prevent its formation, and that’s okay… Not every opposition to the government is incitement, and we should not ban critical articles on Facebook, no matter how harsh they are.”
His comments come after Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that he and his Likud party “will strongly oppose the formation of this government of deception and dangerous capitulation, and if it is formed, God forbid, we will bring it down very quickly,” earlier Sunday, describing it as a “dangerous left-wing government.” He condemned “incitement and violence from all sides.”
Bennett went on to say that in recent weeks, a violent machine has been operating against MKs from the Yamina and New Hope parties: “It’s a funded and coordinated process designed to break them, so that they defect and vote against the new government.”
“I call on Mr. Netanyahu: Calm down. Liberate the country and let it go. People may vote for the government, even if you are not responsible for it. By the way, a right-wing government is ten degrees more than the current one.”
He went on to address the Israeli prime minister: “Mr. Netanyahu, don’t leave the scorched earth behind. All of us, the whole nation, want to remember the good – so much good – that you did while serving you, and not – God forbid – the bad feeling left behind by your parting. Treating you with respect.”