Iran Says Israel's Policy Won't Change With Bennett's New Government

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Iran does not expect Israeli foreign and security policy to change under its new government, a foreign ministry spokesman said on Monday, according to ISNA news agency, a day after Israel's parliament ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year run as prime minister.

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"Iran's enemies are gone and powerful Iran is still here. I don't think Israel's policies will change with the new government," Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

In his speech to Knesset ahead of the swearing-in of the new government, Netanyahu gave a speech excoriating his rival, the new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, saying that he will not be able to keep Washington from re-joining the nuclear agreement with Iran.

“Bennett hasn’t got the international standing, the integrity, the capability, the knowledge and he hasn’t got the government to oppose the nuclear agreement. That is the biggest problem. An Israeli PM needs to be able to say no to the leader of the world’s superpower,” Netanyahu declared, asserting that he did not believe Bennett would be willing to take unilateral action against Iran if necessary.

“At most, members of the government will say some weak statements,” he stated. “Iran is celebrating because they understand that from today there will be a weak government in Israel that will align with the dictates of the international community.”

“I have a message for Iran and its leader – the opposition will have a strong voice. And I have an even stronger message – will be back soon.”

Before the vote of confidence was held, Bennett told the Knesset that Israel will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapons. 

"Resuming a nuclear deal with Iran is a mistake that will legitimize one of the world's most violent regimes," he said. "Israel will hold on to its complete freedom of action" on Iran," he added.

About two hours after being sworn in, Bennett spoke with U.S. President Joe Biden over the phone. "The leaders agreed that they and their teams would consult closely on all matters related to regional security, including Iran," a White House statement said. 

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