Benjamin Netanyahu took to the stage yesterday not only to celebrate his fifth term as Israeli premier, but to look at what said term holds. Speaking at an event for his Likud party, Ynet News reports that Netanyahu took offense at how the media has attacked him, but promised that he will lead all of Israel:
Speaking at the International Convention Center in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu - surrounded by his Likud party members - said: “We are on the eve of forming a new government, and I will be the prime minister for everyone. Those who voted for me and those who did not.”
"I want everyone in Israeli society, Jews and non-Jews as one, to be part of the success story called the State of Israel, and I want everyone to enjoy the prosperity and the progress,” Netanyahu said.
The prime minister went on to say he wasn’t fazed by the ”explicit threats,” issued by the political pundits in Israeli media.
“I’m not afraid and I won’t be deterred by the media,” the prime minister said. "There were respected political analysts who said I would pay a personal price if I’ll appoint one of our talented friends as justice minister,” he added, referring to Likud’s Yariv Levin, who promised to overhaul the Justice Ministry.
“The people aren’t buying it anymore, and they made their voices heard loud and clear in the elections. This is the will of the people,” he said. “There are still those who have not internalized the results of the elections, the results of democracy.”
Netanyahu also said “many” leaders of the Arab and Muslim world called to congratulate him on his elections win. "It wasn’t just one or two, there were many leaders,” he said. "There’s an opportunity for a better future … all of this is based on the fact that we have turned Israel into an up-and-coming world power … a strong, independent and progressive state,” Netanyahu added...