Sunday, June 13, 2021

Netanyahu: ‘You won’t silence me,’ I reject allegations of incitement, 'Bennett Committed Fraud'

Netanyahu: ‘You won’t silence me,’ I reject allegations of incitement

The Times of Israel is liveblogging Sunday’s events as they happen, with the Knesset set to vote in Israel’s 36th Government.

Netanyahu criticizes incoming finance minister Avigdor Liberman for vowing to dump him and the ultra-Orthodox parties in a “landfill.”

“From your perspective, criticism from the right is always incitement,” while critiques from the left are “freedom of speech,” says Netanyahu.

“You won’t silence” Likud voters, the Haredim and the right, adds Netanyahu.

“And you won’t silence me,” he says, adding that his family has been victim of unprecedented “incitement” and defamation.

Netanyahu vows he’ll be back in power soon.

Netanyahu: Bennett committed the ‘greatest fraud,’ the public won’t forget it

Netanyahu notes he’s returned to power from the opposition twice before.

He says his governments had been “forced” to undo the previous governments’ economic policies and will do so again if it returns to power in the future.

He accuses Bennett of perpetrating the “greatest fraud since in Israel’s history,” noting the right-wing leader had ruled out a government with Lapid before the election.

“The public won’t forget this tremendous fraud,” says Netanyahu.

The prime minister says the press will praise Bennett because they know “Bennett and his allies are ‘fake right.'”

Netanyahu hails Yamina MK Amichai Chikli for breaking with his party to oppose the new government.

“He’s not the defector. You, Yamina MKs, are the defectors,” he says.

Netanyahu also says Bennett is setting a precedent under which a party leader with a mere six seats can be crowned premier, “a prime minister who stands at the head of a pin.”

Netanyahu: Iran is ‘celebrating’ over the ‘weak’ incoming Israeli government

Netanyahu says Iran is “celebrating” because Israel now has a “weak government.”

“From the moment the US returns to the nuclear deal with Iran, the incoming government won’t approve significant operations in Iran,” says Netanyahu. “A government that is not able to forcefully oppose the international community on the pressing issues for our fate is not worthy of leading Israel.”

Netanyahu says the Biden administration is demanding a settlement freeze in the West Bank and East Jerusalem and has begun pushing for peace talks.

“How will we fight the establishment of a Palestinian state when a majority of the government supports it?” says Netanyahu.

Netanyahu: Bennett doesn’t have the credibility, global standing to stop Iran

Netanyahu mocks Bennett’s pledges to stop Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons, saying the Yamina leader has shown he doesn’t keep his promises. Bennett will “fight Iran like he won’t sit” in a government with Lapid and other left-wing parties, says Netanyahu.

The prime minister says the new US administration asked him not to speak publicly about their differences on the Iran nuclear deal. But Netanyahu says he won’t be silent in the face of the “existential threat.”

On Bennett, says Netanyahu: “He doesn’t have the global standing. He doesn’t have the credibility. He doesn’t have the ability and he doesn’t” have the support of his own divided government.

“The prime minister of Israel must be able to say no to the American government” on issues that threaten Israel,” says Netanyahu, adding that Bennett won’t be able to withstand the pressure.

“Who will do this now?”

Netanyahu: We will bring down this dangerous government from the opposition

Netanyahu also notes Israel’s relative security under his leadership, calling it “the best decade for security we’ve ever had.”

“This didn’t happen by chance. This came because we set a different security policy… which exacted a very high price from our enemies, while avoiding recklessness and impulsivity,” says Netanyahu.

“If we are destined to be in the opposition, we will do it with our heads held high until we bring down this dangerous government,” he says.

Addressing Knesset, Netanyahu says he’s honored to work for his beloved country

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins his speech in the Knesset.

“I stand here on behalf of the million Israelis… who voted for Likud under my leadership, and the other million Israelis who voted for right-wing parties with the knowledge they would join a government headed by me. In their honor, and on their behalf, I intend to continue the mission of my life: to ensure the security and flourishing of the State of Israel,” says Netanyahu.

Netanyahu recaps his achievements, from ensuring Israel becomes the first vaccinated country, to opposing Iran’s development of nuclear weapons, to the Abraham Accords, to the US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and Israeli sovereignty over the Golan Heights.

“It was my honor to work night and day for our beloved country,” says Netanyahu.

Echoing Netanyahu, Deri accuses Bennett of ‘defrauding’ voters

Shas leader Aryeh Deri accuses incoming prime minister Naftali Bennett of tricking his voters by allying with centrist, left-wing and Islamist parties.

“Naftali Bennett, what contempt and cynicism,” laments Deri during his speech in the plenum.

“This is a fraud, one of the greatest frauds,” he says, echoing Netanyahu.

Gafni to incoming government: In what way are you Jewish?

United Torah Judaism leader Moshe Gafni laces into the new coalition for its proposed reforms on religion and state.

“In what way are you Jews?” he shouts in the plenum.

“Not Shabbat, not conversion… nothing,” he says, repeatedly chanting: “In what way are you Jewish?”

“How is this state Jewish? How is it different from France?”

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