In Israel, returning Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has inaugurated the most far-right government in the country’s history. Netanyahu, who is still facing a corruption trial, was heckled on the floor of the Knesset as he delivered his agenda earlier today.
Benjamin Netanyahu: “We will guarantee Israel’s military advantage in the region by unceasing empowerment. The first mission that the members here are yelling, but canceling as if it isn’t important, is to make sure that Iran won’t annihilate us with nuclear bombs.”
Netanyahu’s new coalition brings together multiple ultrareligious and ultranationalist leaders as critics warn democracy is at risk and Palestinian and Arab rights look set to be even further violated. The new government has announced the expansion of illegal West Bank settlements is a top priority. 2022 was one of the deadliest years for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank and elsewhere in nearly two decades. Palestinian authorities say over 220 people were killed and over 9,000 injured by Israeli forces in the past year.
Outside the Knesset, hundreds of protesters gathered to condemn what they called an illegitimate government.