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Individuals have a good time after Israel’s parliament voted in a brand new coalition authorities, ending Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year maintain on energy, at Rabin Sq. in Tel Aviv, Israel June 13, 2021. Photograph: Reuters

Former Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu’s file run in workplace ended on Sunday with parliament approving, by a razor-thin majority of 60-59, a brand new administration led by Naftali Bennett.

Bennett is a nationalist whose views mirror Netanyahu’s on many points.

Netanyahu was Israel’s longest-serving chief, and had served consecutive phrases as prime minister since 2009.


JERUSALEM: The primary Israeli authorities in 12 years not led by Benjamin Netanyahu received right down to enterprise on Monday, with the previous prime minister shying away from a handover ceremony with successor Naftali Bennett.

The proper-wing chief’s file run in workplace ended on Sunday with parliament approving, by a razor-thin majority of 60-59, a brand new administration led by Bennett, a nationalist whose views mirror Netanyahu’s on many points.

In Tel Aviv, hundreds turned out to welcome the outcome, after 4 inconclusive elections in two years.

Learn extra: Israeli parliament votes in new govt to finish Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure

“I am here celebrating the end of an era in Israel,” stated Erez Biezuner in Rabin Sq..

“We want them to succeed and to unite us again,” he added, as flag-waving supporters of the brand new authorities sang and danced round him.

A combative Netanyahu, 71, stated he could be again prior to anticipated.

“If we are destined to go into the opposition, we will do so with our heads held high until we can topple it,” he instructed parliament earlier than Bennett was sworn in.

The standard handover ceremony was not scheduled on the prime minister’s workplace, the place Netanyahu was anticipated to fulfill Bennett afterward Monday to transient him on state issues.

The final time Netanyahu was unseated as Israel’s chief, in 1999, he ended his first time period in workplace with a glass of wine in his hand and affable phrases of welcome to then-Labour occasion chief Ehud Barak, who defeated him on the polls.

“Sour, grumpy, not stately – Trump-like until the final moment,” Yossi Verter, a political affairs commentator, wrote within the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper.

Requested why there could be no such scene now, Topaz Luk, a senior aide to Netanyahu, instructed Military Radio: “That’s just what happens.”

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Netanyahu, he stated, was “filled with motivation to topple this dangerous government as quickly as possible”. Luk declined to reveal Netanyahu’s comeback technique, pointing solely to the brand new administration’s slim margin of assist in parliament.

Luk stated the incoming authorities was receiving briefings from Netanyahu’s diplomatic and safety advisers to make sure an orderly handover.

After holding its first assembly late on Sunday, Bennett’s new cupboard was invited for a standard group {photograph}, showcasing incoming governments, on the official residence of President Reuven Rivlin.

UNSEATING NETANYAHU

With little in frequent aside from a need to unseat Netanyahu, the patchwork coalition of right-wing, centrist, left-wing and Arab events largely plans to keep away from sweeping strikes on hot-button points equivalent to coverage in the direction of the Palestinians, and to focus as an alternative on home reforms.

Palestinians have been unmoved by the change of administration, predicting that Bennett, a former defence chief who advocates annexing components of the occupied West Financial institution, would pursue the identical right-wing agenda as Netanyahu.

Below the coalition deal, Bennett, a 49-year-old Orthodox Jew and high-tech millionaire, will likely be changed as prime minister in 2023 by centrist Yair Lapid, 57, a preferred former tv host.

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U.S. President Joe Biden congratulated Bennett and Lapid, saying he appeared ahead to strengthening the “close and enduring” relationship between the 2 nations.

Addressing parliament on Sunday, Bennett put Biden on discover that he would comply with in Netanyahu’s footsteps in opposing any U.S. return to the 2015 Iran nuclear deal abrogated by former President Donald Trump.

Netanyahu was Israel’s longest-serving chief, and had served consecutive phrases as prime minister since 2009.

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