Reuters-By Dan Williams
Israel’s President Isaac Herzog walks next to Benjamin Netanyahu during a ceremony where Herzog hands Netanyahu the mandate to form a new government following the victory of the former premier’s right-wing alliance in this month’s election at the President’s residency in Jerusalem November 13, 2022. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
JERUSALEM, Nov 13 (Reuters) – Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu received an official mandate on Sunday to form a new government and pledged that he would seek national consensus after an election in which Jewish far-rightists surged, drawing concern at home and abroad.
Reiterating two of his long-held convictions, he pledged further free-market reforms to lower costs of living and said: “We must determinedly take action against Iran’s belligerence and, above all, foil its effort to arm itself with nuclear weaponry, which has direct designs against our existence”.