Netanyahu Sworn in as Israel's PM

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JERUSALEM -- Nearly thirteen years after he first took office, Benjamin Netanyahu is once again the prime minister of Israel.

His government was installed today, but Netanyahu had little time for celebrations.

Click the player to watch the report from CBN News Senior Editor John Waage followed by Pat Robertson's comments on how the new prime minister will hold his new government together.

Netanyahu took the oath of office Tuesday night, asking the Israeli people for their trust in a time of crisis. His government was approved by a margin of 69 to 45, giving him the broad coalition he had sought for many weeks.

In a ceremony Wednesday, President Shimon Peres oversaw the leadership transition from Ehud Olmert to Netanyahu.

Israel's Two Greatest Challenges

The new prime minister told the Knesset that Israel's two great challenges are the economy and security, especially Iran's nuclear weapons threat.

He warned that based on experience, Jews can't overestimate dictators who threaten to destroy them.

Netanyahu will have no political honeymoon. Critics-at home, abroad and in the media-are already hounding him over everything from his choice of foreign minister to his refusal to approve a Palestinian state.

Israeli Public Divided

Polls show the Israeli public is deeply divided.

"I hope that they will bring the peace, and I wish them good luck," one Israeli woman told CBN News. "It's not an easy job."

"I see no progress in the near future, while having this kind of government," one man said. "It's hopeless."

Netanyahu himself, is not happy with the size of his cabinet, with 30 ministers and seven deputies. But it was the price he had to pay to get a coalition that might last for more than a few months.

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