Israeli Prime Minister, Naftali Bennett, held yesterday (Sunday) what is expected to be his final weekly cabinet meeting. The Israeli parliament is expected to vote on its dissolution today (pending surprises, as are often the case in the country’s politics), with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid replacing Bennett at the wheel starting Tuesday or Wednesday.
At the start of his final meeting, Bennett listed the various achievements his short-lived government had on multiple fronts, especially regarding the ongoing fight against terror.
"For the first time in years, the harvest in the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip has ended quietly and successfully, without incendiary balloons, fires or Hamas rockets,” said Bennett.
“I would remind everyone that two days into our government's term, Hamas lit 26 fires and this was a daily routine for western Negev farmers. For years the State of Israel paid compensation to farmers in advance so that the farmers would harvest early, when their produce was not ripe and, therefore, of lesser quality.
“Instead of preventing Hamas fires, Israeli governments dealt in trying to compensate for the fires as if they were an act of G-d; this one did not. Together, we succeeded, for the first time in 15 years, to provide complete security to the residents of Ashkelon, Sderot and the communities adjacent to the Gaza Strip. We cannot go backwards.
Bennett expressed his displeasure in the fact his coalition has reached the end of its road, and thanked the ministers who headed the coalition parties.
“This was an excellent government, which depended on a complex coalition. There is here a group of people who knew how to put aside ideological differences, rise above and act for the State of Israel,” he said.