The 12-year Netanyahu era is officially over

The 12-year term of Netanyahu came to an end when the coalition government formed by the opposition parties in Israel received a vote of confidence in the Parliament. In the voting, with 60 deputies voting in favor and 59 deputies against, Netanyahu became the leader of the opposition, while Naftali Bennet became the prime minister.

After the early general election held on March 23, no party could reach the number of deputies required to form the government and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form the government, a political crisis broke out in Israel. After the political crisis, Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid informed President Reuven Rivlin that they had succeeded in forming a coalition government.

Coalition got vote of confidence by 1 vote

The vote of confidence of the coalition government led by Bennet and Lapid, consisting of 8 parties in total, right, left, centrist and Arab, started at 16:00 local time in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament (Knesset). In the voting, 60 deputies voted in favor and 59 deputies voted against, and the coalition government led by Naftali Bennet and Lapid received a vote of confidence and became the 36th government in Israel. Said al-Harumi of the United Arab List (Ra’am), which supported the coalition, abstained.

Bennett will be prime minister for 2 years

With the coalition government’s vote of confidence, the seat that will be vacated by Netanyahu will be held by Yamina leader Bennett for two years. Bennett will hand over the seat to his coalition partner, Lapid, the leader of the Future Party, in August 2023.

Naftali Bennett, the new prime minister of Israel – Photo: Reuters

Netanyahu became the opposition

Bennett will hand over the post to Lapid after assuming the post of Prime Minister until 2023. The 12-year-old Benjamin Netanyahu era in Israel has officially come to an end. Netanyahu will now be the Chairman of the Likud Party and the leader of the opposition.

In the presidency of the parliament, the candidate of the opposite bloc was elected

In addition, Yaakov Margi, a deputy of Shas Party, from the parties led by Netanyahu, and Levy, a deputy of the There is a Future Party, which is in the anti-Netanyahu bloc, competed for the Parliamentary Prime Ministry. Levy, who received the support of 67 out of 120 deputies in the voting, was elected as the new Speaker of the Assembly, while Margi got 52 votes.

It was a question of whether the coalition would be long-term

The Bennett-Lapid coalition consists of 8 parties with different views, united in opposition to Netanyahu. Since the number of seats is at a critical threshold and the parties have completely different views on some issues, it is discussed whether the coalition will last long in Israel. It stands out with its views and supports illegal Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank. One of the partners of the coalition, the United Arab List (Ram), which represents Israeli citizen Palestinians, opposes this. Another coalition partner, Meretz, is a left-wing party. There are comments that the coalition government will not last long and Israel may have to hold early elections at the end of this year.

Protests had been going on for months

Protesters, who have gathered weekly for months in Israel, are protesting Prime Minister Netanyahu and his government members. The main points criticized by the protesters are the wrong steps of the Netanyahu government in domestic politics, allegations of corruption and the failure in the coronavirus process.

First greeting from Joe Biden

US President Biden congratulated Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennet and other members of the new government. “I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennet to strengthen all sides of the close and durable relations between the two countries,” Biden said in his message. said.

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