Netanyahu notes he’s returned to power from the opposition twice before.
He says his governments had been “forced” to undo the previous governments’ economic policies and will do so again if it returns to power in the future.
He accuses Bennett of perpetrating the “greatest fraud since in Israel’s history,” noting the right-wing leader had ruled out a government with Lapid before the election.
“The public won’t forget this tremendous fraud,” says Netanyahu.
The prime minister says the press will praise Bennett because they know “Bennett and his allies are ‘fake right.'”
Netanyahu hails Yamina MK Amichai Chikli for breaking with his party to oppose the new government.
“He’s not the defector. You, Yamina MKs, are the defectors,” he says.
Netanyahu also says Bennett is setting a precedent under which a party leader with a mere six seats can be crowned premier, “a prime minister who stands at the head of a pin.”