Bennett pledges to heal divides 'tearing Israel apart' at session to vote in new govt

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Head of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett during a meeting with members of the 'change' coalition at the Knesset (Israel Parliament) in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021.
Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90Head of the Yamina party Naftali Bennett during a meeting with members of the 'change' coalition at the Knesset (Israel Parliament) in Jerusalem, on June 13, 2021.

Prime Minister-in-waiting said he was 'proud to share a coalition with those who have different opinions'

Yamina leader Naftali Bennett had the challenging task on Sunday of giving the opening speech at the special session of the Knesset (Israel Parliament) during which lawmakers were set to vote on a "change" coalition seeking to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year reign.

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The Prime Minister-designate's speech was constantly interrupted by heckling from the Netanyahu faithful, even as he thanked the outgoing premier and his wife, Sara, for "long years of service and accomplishments for Israel." 

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“We are facing an internal challenge, a divide that is being made evident at these very moments,” he said, referring to the boos and interruptions from Likud lawmakers and ministers, a few of whom had to be removed from the plenum. 

That divide “has led us to an outpouring of hatred and a clash of brothers, to the state being paralyzed.”

Bennett said he was "proud to share a coalition with those who have different opinions than mine," singling out for praise his coalition partner Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid. 

"Israel won't let Iran have nuclear weapons," Bennett said, reiterating the Israeli position that the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran and world powers represents a "mistake." 

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