ZFA statement on dissolution of Knesset, Israel heading to polls

Advocacy, Official Statements

The Zionist Federation of Australia notes the decision to dissolve the Israeli government, and congratulates Yair Lapid on becoming interim prime minister.

ZFA Director of Public Affairs Bren Carlill said, “While few want another round of elections in Israel, we take pleasure in the smooth and cooperative transfer of power, and that the decision to dissolve government was not acrimonious. Although the Bennett Government was not long-lasting, it was marked by respect and cooperation. The leadership shown by Prime Minister Bennett and incoming Interim Prime Minister Lapid has set the example, and we thank and congratulate them.”

Dr Carlill continued, “The Bennett Government will be remembered for the decision to include an Arab party in the coalition. At the time a momentous decision by both Jewish and Arab parties, we believe the involvement of Arab parties in Israeli governing coalitions will become normal, and so it should.”

Dr Carlill also congratulated Mr Lapid. “The entire Australian Jewish community extends its very best wishes to Mr Lapid. He is a man of talent, intellect and grace, who will take the reins at an important time in Israeli history.”

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