Orthodox Union congratulates Bennett and Lapid, urges them to preserve Israel’s Jewish character

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

The Orthodox Union congratulates new Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Foreign Minister Yair Lapid and the formation of their new government.

“Their leadership will also be essential in demonstrating their commitment to all sectors of Israel’s population and to the preservation of the essential Jewish character of the State as it has been since its founding, including public Shabbat observance, Kashrut and conversion standards,” the Orthodox Jewish movement says in a statement.

“We also offer a heartfelt thank you to Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-tenured prime minister. For the past 12 years, and during his previous time as premier from 1996 to 1999, Mr. Netanyahu led Israel with courage and dedication both through tremendously perilous times and awe-inspiring moments, including reaching historic accords with former enemies across the region,” the OU adds.

“Finally, we call upon the leaders of other democratic nations not only to congratulate Israel, but to recognize the Jewish state’s value as the only democracy in the region.”

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