Benjamin Netanyahu’s record period of 12 years as prime minister comes to an end when 60 MK vote for a new government.
The Israeli parliament has voted to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year term as prime minister, approving instead an administration that has pledged to heal a nation bitterly divided by the country’s longest-serving leader.
A new cabinet will be sworn in after a 60-vote Knesset vote and a 59-vote against a new government, made up of centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid and ultranationalist Naftali Bennett.
Bennett will serve as prime minister for two years before Lapid takes over.
They lead a party government across the political spectrum, including for the first time one representing the 21% minority comprising Palestinian citizens of Israel.
End of an era
Netanyahu, the most dominant Israeli politician of his generation, was unable to form a government after Israel’s March 23 elections, the fourth in two years.
The 71-year-old is loved by his hard core supporters and hated by critics. His ongoing corruption process, with charges he denies, has only deepened the abyss.
His opponents have long denounced what they see as Netanyahu’s divisive rhetoric, underestimated political tactics, and the subjection of state interests to his political survival.
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