Israel Policy Forum congratulates Prime Minister Naftali Bennett and Alternate Prime Minister Yair Lapid on the formation of a new Israeli government. We are certain that Israelis will be relieved to put an end to the political and governing instability that has marked more than two years and four elections, and we are heartened to see a coalition that represents an unprecedented wide range of views and includes an Arab party alongside Jewish ones. We wish the new government success and are confident that it will quickly develop a strong working relationship with the Biden administration and Congress in order to sustain the close ties between the U.S. and Israel.

As supporters of Israel as a secure, Jewish, and democratic state, we hope that the new Israeli government commits to that vision and takes steps to ensure the possibility of a two-state outcome. As recent events have demonstrated, the status quo is an illusory concept, and while the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is not ripe for resolution, it cannot be ignored. We urge the new government to work with the U.S. to advance freedom, security, and prosperity for both Israelis and Palestinians and to take steps in the direction of restoring a political horizon for a two-state outcome.