World Leaders Congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett After Swearing-in

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Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sits for the photograph of the new government in Jerusalem, today.
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett sits for the photograph of the new government in Jerusalem, today.Credit: Emil Salman
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World leaders congratulated Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid, who were sworn in on Sunday night, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 consecutive years in office.

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated Bennett on Monday, adding that the cooperation between Russia and Israel will help promote “peace in the Middle East."

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“I expect that your work at the helm of the government will facilitate a further development of constructive bilateral cooperation along all directions,” Putin said in a statement released by the Kremlin.

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“No doubt it is in the vital interests of our people,” Putin said, adding that the cooperation between Russia and Israel will help promote “peace, security and stability in the Middle East.”

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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi also sent Bennett his best wishes and expressed his gratitude to Former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a series of posts on Twitter written in both Hebrew and English.

"Congratulations on becoming the Prime Minister of Israel. As we celebrate 30 years of the upgradation of diplomatic relations next year, I look forward to meeting you and deepening the strategic partnership between our two countries," Modi wrote to Bennett. 

A few minutes later, Modi tweeted a message directed to Netanyahu, in which he conveyed his "profound gratitude" for Netanyahu's "leadership and personal attention to India-Israel strategic partnership."

The Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris also sent her best wishes overnight into Monday. "We look forward to working closely with Israel’s new government to build on the strong bonds between our two countries and advance security and peace for Israelis and Palestinians," Harris said in a statement.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken warmly greeted Bennett and Lapid in a phone call on Sunday night following the new government's swearing-in. "The Secretary and the Minister discussed the U.S. commitment to Israel’s security, the importance of maintaining a cessation of hostilities, opportunities to deepen and broaden normalization of diplomatic relations, the threat posed by Iran, and other regional priorities," the State Department said, adding that Blinken looks forward to welcoming Lapid to Washington "soon."

The President of the European Council Charles Michel also congratulated Bennett and Lapid overnight into Monday. "Looking forward to strengthen EU-Israel partnership for common prosperity and towards lasting regional peace and stability," Michel tweeted.

The Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also congratulated on Sunday the formation of the new Bennett-Lapid government. "Together, let's explore ways to further strengthen the relationship between Canada and Israel," he tweeted.

This came after U.S. President Joe Biden congratulated Bennett and his coalition partners moments after they were sworn in Sunday night, saying in a statement he “looks 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 said. “The bond that unites our people is evidence of our shared values and decades of close cooperation and as we continue to strengthen our partnership, the United States remains unwavering in its support for Israel’s security.”

Biden added his administration 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.”

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