Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in power came to an end this past weekend following the collapse of his parliamentary coalition.
But as PJ Media reported, Netanyahu was quick to make clear that he has no intention of disappearing into retirement.
During a speech Sunday, the long-time prime minister said that he will “continue the great mission of my life, ensuring the security of Israel.”
“If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way,” Netanyahu added.
Netanyahu replaced by former adviser
Netanyahu touched on a number of other themes, including his belief that President Joe Biden will be weak when it comes to the fundamentalist Islamic regime in Iran.
He compared Biden’s stance on Iran with America’s failure in 1944 to bomb Auschwitz, the Nazi concentration camp in Poland.
Netanyahu also had harsh words for his successor, Naftali Bennett, and supporters of Netanyahu booed and heckled Bennett when he attempted to address Israel’s parliament.
According to Fox News, Bennett was originally an ally of Neyanyahu, entering Israeli politics in 2005 by becoming a senior advisor to Netanyahu following a successful career in the software industry.
He then went on to serve in a number of cabinet positions under Netanyahu, including minister of defense, minister of education, and minister of economy. Bennett will now govern in a coalition partnership with Yair Lapid, who is considered to be a moderate.
Netanyahu faced corruption allegations
A former commando, Bennett is said to have named his son after Netanyahu’s brother, Yoni, a soldier who died while participating in the 1976 rescue of hostages held by terrorists in Uganda.
Netanyahu has become the subject of multiple corruption allegations and was indicted on charges that he illegally accepted thousands of dollars worth of gifts and used his influence to benefit friends in the telecom industry.
“A day in which the attorney general decides to serve an indictment against a seated prime minister for serious crimes of corrupt governance is a heavy and sad day, for the Israeli public and for me personally,” Israeli Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit said last November, according to Fox News.