Reactions to the new government in Israel, led by Prime Minister Naftali Bennett:
BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, FORMER ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER
"We'll be back, soon."
US PRESIDENT JOE BIDEN
"On behalf of the American people, I congratulate Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, Alternate Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid, and all the members of the new Israeli cabinet. I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations."
NABIL ABU RUDEINEH, SPOKESMAN FOR PALESTINIAN PRESIDENT MAHMOUD ABBAS
"This is an internal Israeli affair. Our position has always been clear, what we want is a Palestinian state on the 1967 borders with Jerusalem as its capital."
BRITISH FOREIGN MINISTER DOMINIC RAAB (via Twitter)
"Congratulations to @naftalibennett & @yairlapid on forming a new government in Israel. I look forward to continued cooperation on security, trade and climate change, and working together to secure peace in the region."
HAMAS SPOKESMAN FAWZI BARHOUM
"Regardless of the shape of the government in Israel, it will not alter the way we look at the Zionist entity. It is an occupation and a colonial entity, which we should resist by force to get our rights back."
ISRAELI DEFENCE MINISTER BENNY GANTZ
"With all due respect, Israel is not a widower. Israel's security was never dependent on one man. And it will never be dependent on one man."
CANADIAN PRIME MINISTER JUSTIN TRUDEAU (via Twitter)
"Congratulations on the formation of a new Israeli government, Prime Minister @NaftaliBennett and Alternate Prime Minister @YairLapid. Together, let's explore ways to further strengthen the relationship between Canada and Israel."
US SENATE MAJORITY LEADER CHUCK SCHUMER
"So, there's a new Administration in Israel. And we are hopeful that we can now begin serious negotiations for a two-state solution. I am urging the Biden Administration to do all it can to bring the parties together and help achieve a two-state solution where each side can live side by side in peace."
MANSOUR ABBAS, ARAB MEMBER OF NEW ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
"We are aware that this step has a lot of risks and hardships that we cannot deny, but the opportunity for us is also big: to change the equation and the balance of power in the Knesset and in the upcoming government."
DAPHNA KILION, ISRAELI IN JERUSALEM
"I think it's very exciting for Israel to have a new beginning and I'm hopeful that the new government will take them in the right direction."
EREZ GOLDMAN, ISRAELI IN JERUSALEM
"It's a sad day today, it's not a legitimate government. It's pretty sad that almost 86 (out of 120 seats) in the parliament, the Knesset, belong to the right-wing and they sold their soul and ideology and their beliefs to the extreme left-wing just for one purpose - hatred of Netanyahu and to become a prime minister."
Australian Associated Press