Excitement Coupled with Uncertainty as 19th Knesset Begins
The inaugural ceremony of the 19th Knesset was held on Tuesday, and although there was an air of festivity and celebration, the lingering feeling that much work is ahead was apparent throughout the event as the next government finds itself with a long list of tasks and concerns which need to be dealt with.
"We have major challenges to face…so today we will celebrate but tomorrow morning we have to start working on the major issues," MK Danny Danon told Arutz Sheva.
One of the key issues that must be dealt with immediately is figuring out how to balance the newly powerful Yesh Atid with the hareidi parties who are considered to be among Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's natural partners.
MK Rabbi Dov Lipman of Yesh Atid echoed the need for national unity which was stressed during Netanyahu's speech to the 120 Knesset members. Lipman told Arutz Sheva that he was confident in the next government's ability to work together, saying he had a "tremendous responsibility as a hareidi in Yesh Atid to make sure that we continue on our path which is everyone working together.'
"We agree on about 80 percent of the issues…lets move forward on the 80 percent and deal with the disagreements and compromises here and there," he added.