As a new Israeli government is sworn in, StandWithUs reaffirms our respect for Israeli democracy.
We are a non-partisan education organization. As such, we do not endorse or oppose any Israeli political leadership. However, we do educate about political issues and believe it is important to highlight some important facts.
In Israel, governments can only be formed when different political parties compromise with each other and form a coalition representing a majority of Israel's Knesset (Parliament). There have been four Israeli elections since 2019 because no one was able to form a stable governing coalition.
The new coalition that was sworn in today is unique in Israeli history. It brings together parties from the left, center, and right, along with crucial support from a religious Arab Muslim party.
No coalition has ever represented the entire Israeli political spectrum, and neither does the new one. However, this attempt at unity across political, ethnic, and religious differences is unprecedented. We hope it becomes a positive example not only for Israelis, but for a Middle East where these types of divisions have fueled far too many years of violence, instability, and suffering.
Some Israelis believe the new government will achieve progress in many important areas. Others question how long it will be able to function with so many internal differences. Still others oppose it entirely.
We respect the many different political perspectives within Israeli society. At the same time, we wish Prime Minister Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister Lapid and their government nothing but success for the sake of all Israelis and peace with their neighbors.
We look forward to educating the public further about this government and other related issues.
About StandWithUs StandWithUs (SWU) is an international, non-profit and non-partisan Israel education organization that works to inspire and educate people of all ages about Israel, as well as challenge misinformation and fight against antisemitism.
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