After the Knesset approved the Lapid-Bennett government, Democratic Majority for Israel Co-Chairs Ann Lewis and Todd Richman released the following statement:

“At this historic moment of change in Israel, we extend our heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister, Yair Lapid.

“The Lapid-Bennett coalition creates a unity government comprised of eight parties, representing the left, right and center of Israeli politics and dedicated to protecting the democratic and Jewish character of the country.

“It will also be Israel’s most inclusive government ever, with Arabs, women, and Jews of color holding vital cabinet ministries.

“With Mansour Abbas’ Ra’am Party joining the coalition, Israel is now the only country in the Middle East where Jews and Arabs govern together.

“Just as we do not expect President Biden and the Democratic majorities to solve all of America’s problems overnight, we cannot expect Israel’s new government to instantly deal with all of that country’s challenges; but we welcome the sense of hope and the commitment to change sweeping both of these great democracies.”