The 35th government of Israel, with Benjamin Netanyahu as leader, was sworn in at the Knesset on Sunday, vowing that annexation of Judea and Samaria is a top priority.
Over the past 508 days, we have witnessed an absolute roller coaster of unexplained and unbelievable twists and turns in the electoral process in Israel, but that has all come to an end officially and finally today as Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister for his 5th term. We told you all along he would be the leader and for the next 18 months he will be. It is my personal feeling and opinion that the Church will be raptured before those 18 months are done, but we shall see how it goes. Legally, Benjamin Netanyahu can begin annexation of Judea and Samaria anytime after July 1, 2o2o. The sooner the better, if you ask me.
“Be it known unto the king, that we went into the province of Judea, to the house of the great God, which is builded with great stones, and timber is laid in the walls, and this work goeth fast on, and prospereth in their hands.” Ezra 5:8 (KJB)
For one thing, we are looking at absolutely the last term in office for Benjamin Netanyahu, and for another we see the very exciting and prophetic reclaiming of Judea and Samaria. Jesus in Matthew 24 shows us not only the rebuilt Temple that Antichrist will sit in, but also the fact that when he does, the Jews who will be living in Judea will flee to Selah Petra to get away from him. The fact that we are so close to those events, and in fact are watching them come to pass, means we are even close to the Pretribulation Rapture of the Church taking place. That’s what I see what I look at Benjamin Netanyahu being sworn into office today.
Coalition approved 73-46; Blue and White’s Benny Gantz becomes ‘alternate PM’; Netanyahu says he’ll hand over power on November 17, 2021, promises to ‘quickly’ advance annexation
FROM THE TIMES OF ISRAEL: The Knesset voted 73-46 in favor of the new government. Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu was sworn in as prime minister and will head the government for the fifth term of his political career.
Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz was sworn in as “alternate prime minister and future prime minister” as well as minister of defense. Netanyahu promised from the podium to hand over the premiership to Gantz on November 17, 2021.
“We established the precise terms under which our agreement will be fulfilled and will not be fulfilled,” Netanyahu said later in a Channel 12 interview, amid widespread skepticism that he will honor the deal. “I will fulfill exactly, but exactly, what is written in the agreement. It is my intention and my goal to do so. And there is no reason for me to say anything to you but, yes, that’s what we will do.”
In addition to Netanyahu and Gantz, 32 ministers were sworn in, including the first female ultra-Orthodox minister, Omer Yankelevich (Diaspora affairs), and the first Ethiopia-born minister, Pnina Tamano-Shata (immigration and absorption), in Israel’s history. A 35th slot, for a minister for minority affairs, has yet to be filled by Blue and White.
Totaling 73 lawmakers, the coalition will include 35 MKs from the Likud party, 16 from the Blue and White party, nine from the Shas party, seven from the United Torah Judaism party, two from the Labor party, two from the Derech Eretz party, one from the Jewish Home party and one from the Gesher party.
The list of ministers is as follows:
1. Prime Minister: Benjamin Netanyahu (Likud)
2. Alternate Prime Minister and Defense Minister: Benny Gantz (Blue and White)
3. Foreign Minister: Gabi Ashkenazi (Blue and White)
4. Justice Minister: Avi Nissenkorn (Blue and White)
5. Minister in the Defense Ministry responsible for civil affairs: Michael Biton (Blue and White)
6. Culture and Sport Minister: Chili Tropper (Blue and White)
7. Strategic Affairs Minister: Ori Farkash (Blue and White)
8. Equality Minister: Merav Cohen (Blue and White)
9. Tourism Minister: Assaf Zamir (Blue and White)
10. Science and Technology Minister: Yizhar Shai (Blue and White)
11. Diaspora Affairs Minister: Omer Yankelevich (Blue and White)
12. Immigration and Absorption Minister: Pnina Tamano-Shata (Blue and White)
13. Agriculture Minister: Alon Shuster (Blue and White)
14. Economy Minister: Amir Peretz (Labor
15. Welfare Minister: Itzik Shmuli (Labor
16. Communications Minister: Yoaz Hendel (Likud)
17. Finance Minister: Israel Katz (Likud)
18. Health Minister: Yuli Edelstein (Likud)
19. Transportation Minister: Miri Regev (Likud)
20. Public Security Minister: Amir Ohana (Likud)
21. Energy Minister: Yuval Steinitz (Likud)
22. Higher Education and Water Resources Minister: Ze’ev Elkin (Likud)
23. Education Minister: Yoav Gallant (Likud)
24. Regional Cooperation Minister: Gilad Erdan (Likud, to be replaced by Likud MK Ofir Akunis when Erdan is confirmed as ambassador to the UN)
25. Intelligence Minister: Eli Cohen (Likud)
26. Settlements Minister: Tzipi Hotovely (Likud)
27. Minister responsible for liaising between the government and the Knesset: David Amsalem (Likud)
28. Environmental Protection Minister: Gila Gamliel (Likud)
29. Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office: Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud)
30. Jerusalem Affairs Minister: Rafi Peretz (Jewish Home)
31. Community Strengthening and Advancement Minister: Orly Levy-Abekasis (Gesher)
32. Interior Minister and Negev and Galil Development Minister: Aryeh Deri (Shas)
33. Religious Affairs Minister: Yaakov Avitan (Shas)
34. Housing Minister: Yaakov Litzman (United Torah Judaism)
35. Minister for Minority Affairs: Not yet named (Blue and White)
Speaking at the cabinet’s first meeting, which took place in the Knesset’s Chagall Hall immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, Netanyahu told the new ministers that the pandemic tops the government’s agenda.
“The first mission is the coronavirus and the health” crisis, he said. “So long as the virus is here and there is no vaccine, it can come back overnight. The fact that we managed to prevent it [from spreading widely] doesn’t mean we can prevent” another wave, said Netanyahu, stressing that the “coronavirus routine” will last for a long time. “I don’t want to say how long,” he said, but added that he hoped to be proven wrong.
The second mission, he continued, would be to pass a state budget and revive the economy, which he acknowledged may not quickly be restored to its pre-coronavirus state. The third item would be to combat Iran, he said.
The fourth was fighting the war crimes probe in the International Criminal Court. “This is a troubling development… This is a strategic threat” to Israel and the IDF, he said, adding that he rarely used such language.
The fifth was the diplomatic issue of West Bank annexation. “I don’t hide my intention to bring it quickly to the cabinet,” he said. Netanyahu asserted that the new government will defy predictions and last longer than expected. READ MORE
Israel Swears In New Gov’t As Netanyahu Pledges Annexation Push Of Judea And Samaria
Israel’s Parliament has sworn in a new government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his former rival Benny Gantz, ending the longest political crisis in the country’s history. The new government was set to confront serious crises in its first weeks, including the economic devastation wrought by the coronavirus and a looming battle over Israel’s possible annexation of large parts of the occupied West Bank. Addressing the Parliament before the vote, Netanyahu said his incoming government should apply Israeli sovereignty over Jewish settlements, which are illegal under international law.
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