Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu conveyed the following message to the citizens of Israel, shortly before the Sabbath:
Dear citizens of Israel,
Congratulations, we have a new government.
I thank you for awarding me the privilege of serving you as Prime Minister for the 3rd time. I view this as both a great privilege and a major responsibility.
I will see to it that the new government works for the benefit of all Israeli citizens, and guarantees first and foremost the security of each and every one of you.
The new government enters upon its stewardship when major challenges in a stormy and turbulent Middle East are gathering around us.
Through joint effort we can overcome these challenges, and also guarantee the necessary changes to lower the cost of living and particularly housing prices, while enhancing an equitable sharing of the burden.
With the help of the Almighty and with your help we will succeed.
Yours from the depths of my heart,
And wishing you a peaceful Sabbath from Jerusalem,