FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 14, 2021
OTTAWA, ON – Yesterday, Israel’s 36th government was sworn in by the Knesset.
In response, Shimon Koffler Fogel, President and CEO of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA), issued the following:
“CIJA welcomes the new government formed last night in Israel. We wish Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid every success in meeting the many domestic and international challenges faced by Israelis. We hope and believe that the new government will work towards enhancing Israel-Diaspora relations, while also focusing sustained efforts at advancing peace with the Palestinian people and full diplomatic relations with additional Arab states.
“We are pleased that the new coalition government is broad based; encompassing Jews and Arabs – including for the first time in Israel’s history an Israeli Arab Islamist party – as well as parties from across the left-right and religious-secular spectrums. Israel’s strength lies in the diversity, unity, and common purpose of its people. This Cabinet is a significant step towards reflecting the diverse nature of Israeli society. It includes an openly gay MK, an Islamist leader, and nine female ministers, the highest number of women ever appointed to Cabinet. We believe this diversity will translate into good government policy that will serve all citizens of Israel.
“CIJA also expresses appreciation to outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who led Israel for 12 consecutive years. Under his leadership, Israel has thrived economically, become more secure, and achieved more peace agreements with Arab states than ever before.
“Canada always has been a steadfast friend and ally of the Jewish state and an advocate for peace that guarantees Israel’s legitimacy and security. We are gratified that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was one of the first world leaders to congratulate the new Israeli government, writing to Prime Minister Bennett about his desire to “explore ways to further strengthen the relationship between Canada and Israel.”
The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of Canada’s Jewish Federations.
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