June 14, 2021

Responding to the news that, after twelve years in power, Benjamin Netanyahu’s term as prime minister has ended, New Israel Fund of Canada Executive Director Ben Murane released the following statement:

The departure of former Prime Minister Netanyahu signals a new era of greater possibility for Israel that is more in line with Canadian values.

Past governments under Netanyahu’s leadership have been defined by delegitimization of human rights organizations, anti-democratic laws aimed at Palestinian citizens and asylum seekers, as well as attempts to undermine the justice system for personal gain.

The leaders of Israel’s new, ideologically diverse coalition have the opportunity to serve as a government that works for everyone. They can help Israelis heal from the terrible violence of last month and reassert that Israel is a country that believes in and stands for the values of equality and justice.