Benjamin Netanyahu has lost the power his 12-year in Israel after 12 years. The parliament voted a new coalition government with a thin majority of 60-59. The coalition is a fragile alliance. Right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett, who once worked for Netanyahu, will become Prime Minister leading a “government of change” until September 2023. Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid, will continue for a further two years. Mr Netanyahu – Israel’s longest-serving leader who has dominated its political landscape for years – will remain head of the right-wing Likud party and become leader of the opposition.
Mr Netanyahu promised: “We’ll be back.” He battles corruption charges in an ongoing criminal trial. He is expected to try to derail the new coalition government and force a new election. “The government will work for all the Israeli public – religious, secular, ultra-Orthodox, Arab – without exception, as one,” Bennett said Friday. Mr Bennett’s government will be unlike any which has preceded it in Israel’s 73-year history. There could be friction on issues such as Israeli policies towards Palestinians. Some parties want to relax religious restrictions more extensively. There could be difficulties over social policies. Some parties want to advance gay rights, such as recognising same sex marriages. „We’ll focus on what can be achieved, rather than arguing about what cannot,” Naftali Bennett declared. Israel will not allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons, he also said.