Bennet election ends 12 year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli PM – Prime Minister.
Knesset on Sunday narrowly approved a new coalition government, ending the 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Bennet election ends 12 year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu
Naftali Bennett, a former ally of Netanyahu turned rival, sent the polarizing leader into the opposition.
Bennet became prime minister after the 60-59 vote.
Moreover, 5 MKs reportedly absented.
Heckling and shouting marred the speech of Bennet. Both sides blamed each other as liar, fraud.
While promising to try to heal a divided Israelis, Bennett will preside over a diverse and fragile coalition comprised of eight parties with deep ideological differences.
Meanwhile, the 71-year-old Netanyahu made clear he has no intention of exiting the political stage.
“If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country,” he said.
According to the AP report, the vote ended a two-year cycle of political paralysis.
During those two years, Israel held four deadlocked elections.
Those votes focused largely on Netanyahu’s divisive rule and his fitness to remain in office while on trial for corruption charges.
However, to his supporters, Netanyahu remains a global statesman uniquely capable of leading the country through its many security challenges.
But to his critics, he has become a polarizing and autocratic leader who used divide-and-rule tactics to aggravate the many rifts in Israel.
Those include tensions between Jews and Arabs, and within the Jewish between his religious and nationalist base and his more secular and dovish opponents.
Meanwhile, U.S. President Joe Biden quickly congratulated the new government.