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In First Cabinet Meeting after Elections, Netanyahu Announces Military Exhibition

In First Cabinet Meeting after Elections, Netanyahu Announces Military Exhibition

Monday, 15 April, 2019 - 11:15
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu smiles upon his arrival to a weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem April 14, 2019. (Reuters)
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In the first cabinet meeting after winning elections, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the military exhibition, which will be held on the streets of Jerusalem on “Independence Day” on May 9.

Netanyahu commended the members of the cabinet and said: “I congratulate the government on four years of achievements and achievements, which is reflected in the public's trust, and we will continue to do so in the next government.”

He then recalled watching the military exhibition when he was 10 years old and recalled the impact it had on him when he realized Israel had an army.

“Therefore, today we will decide to hold our own exhibition in Jerusalem, so that it will reflect the great contribution of the military to the state of Israel and its security,” he said.

Moreover, Netanyahu ignored the challenges he will face in forming his new government, namely the cases against him filed by the prosecution for his involvement in corruption.

Netanyahu finished by speaking of Israel’s failed attempt to land the Beresheet spacecraft on the moon last week.

“It [Israel] became one of the seven countries to reach lunar orbit and one of four countries to land on the moon, although not in the optimal way,” he said.

He pledged that Israel will launch a second spaceship, named Beresheet II, hoping it will be successful.

“We will try again and again until we succeed. I estimate that we will have a better chance of succeeding the second time. According to what I have heard and the mishaps that I saw there, people will evaluate the problem and are also capable of dealing with it.”

Furthermore, he welcomed the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague's decision not to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the United States in Afghanistan.

"They're picking on the United States and Israel, two democracies, which by the way are not members of the international court, but there's no doubt that we have the best judicial systems in the world," Netanyahu said.

He condemned putting American or Israeli soldiers on trial, saying it is a “reversal of the whole original point of the ICC.”

"Therefore, what we have here is a correction of injustice, and it is an act that has far-reaching influence with regard to the conduct of the international system in relation to Israel," added the prime minister.

Netanyahu also congratulated the United States, President Trump and his administration for their support to Israeli citizens and the army which, as in previous times, proved that Israel has no better friend than the United States, and “we very much appreciate this support in other areas as well.”

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