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Bennett speech to send message of cooperation to US, oppose return to Iran deal

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In a speech to the Knesset plenum before lawmakers vote Sunday on confirming the “change government,” Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett’s message to the United States will be “positive and one of cooperation,” his office said.

Bennett, who heads the right-wing Yamina party, is expected to thank US President Joe Biden for supporting Israel during last month’s military conflict with the Gaza-ruling Hamas terror group.

However, his office said he will also express staunch opposition to an American return to the 2015 nuclear deal limiting Iran’s nuclear program, maintaining Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hawkish stance toward Tehran, though parties that have spoken about keeping disagreements with the US behind closed doors will represent an overwhelming majority at the cabinet table.

Bennett’s speech is scheduled to take place when the Knesset session to vote on the proposed government kicks off at 4 p.m.

He will also reach out the families of two Israeli citizens being held in Gaza by Hamas, Avera Mengistu and Hisham........

© The Times of Israel

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