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"It's time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism," Netanyahu said.
The Israeli Knesset (parliament) swore in Sunday a new government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who will alternate leadership with his former rival Benny Gantz, in a deal that could see the annexation of the Palestinian West Bank.
Lawmakers in the 120-seat Knesset approved the Netanyahu-Gantz three-year coalition, with 73 votes for and 49 against. One member was absent.
"It's time to apply the Israeli law and write another glorious chapter in the history of Zionism," Netanyahu said in an address to the parliament ahead of the vote.
"These territories are where the Jewish nation was born and grew," the right-wing PM added.
After plans -included in the new government’s program- for annexing Palestinian land starting July 1, were unveiled last month, international reactions started to emerge.
Following a European Union (EU) foreign ministers’ meeting Friday, the EU Foreign Policy chief, Josep Borrell, said the bloc would use all its diplomatic capacities to block Israel from annexing Palestinian territories.
Also on Friday, Jordan's King Abdullah II warned that if the Jewish state annexes the West Bank, it would lead to a “massive conflict” with his country.
“If Israel really annexes the West Bank in July, it would lead to a massive conflict with the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan,” King Abdullah II said in an interview published by Der Spiegel.
“I don’t want to make threats and create an atmosphere of loggerheads, but we are considering all options,” he said.
It added that by approving the coalition it "was not seeking to diminish the severity of the charges" against Netanyahu, but concluded that those could be handled in his trial, which is due to begin on May 24.
Under the coalition agreement, Netanyahu will be able to benefit extra legal protections, meaning he will not have to resign despite the charges against him.