February 6, 2013 - 12:51 AMT
PanARMENIAN.Net - Israel’s new parliament, the 19th Knesset, convened for its inaugural session Tuesday, February 5 during which all deputies pledged their allegiance to the state of Israel and its laws, local media reported, according to RIA Novosti.
Israeli President Shimon Peres officially announced the new Knesset, which has 48 new members.
The Jerusalem Post reported last week that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu invited all parliamentary factions, including his opponents, to take part in a national unity government to address issues facing the country.
“We have to put aside what divides us so that we can have peace among ourselves and with our neighbors,” the Jerusalem Post quoted Netanyahu as saying. “The broadest, most stable government possible is what is necessary at this time. In our reality, we cannot have boycotts.”
Peres on Saturday tasked Netanyahu with forming a new government. Netanyahu, who was reelected on January 22, said his government’s priority would be preventing Iran’s effort to build nuclear weapons.
Recommended as premier by 82 of the 120 parliament deputies, he also pledged to seek peace, saying each day without negotiations with Palestinians was wasted. He called on Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to resume peace talks, according to the Times of Israel.
Netanyahu was recommended for the premier’s post by his own Likud-Beytenu bloc (that won 31 seats in the January 22 vote), Yesh Atid (19 seats), Jewish Home (12), Shas (11), United Torah Judaism (7) and Kadima (2) - 82 endorsements in all.