Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s one-decade rule in Israel has come to an end. Netanyahu, the country’s longest-serving ruler, lost all hope of holding on to power as a coalition of opposition parties won a majority in a vote of confidence in the country’s parliament on Sunday.
Netanyahu received 59 votes in Israel’s 120-seat Knesset. And 70 votes were cast in favor of forming a new coalition government. According to the Jerusalem Post, Naftali Bennett has already been sworn in as prime minister.
Netanyahu and two other opposition leaders, Naftali Bennett and Yar Lapid, spoke after the Knesset session of the Israeli parliament began at 4pm local time on Sunday. Then the vote came in favor of the opposition alliance. Now they are in the process of forming a new government.
Netanyahu has dominated right-wing politics in Israel for more than a decade. He is accused of choosing to attack and aggress the Palestinians in order to stay in power. Last month, Israeli forces bombed Gaza for 11 days in a row.
But even then, Netanyahu did not regain the acceptance of opposition political parties. Left, right and center parties have formed an alliance to remove him.
Netanyahu’s departure bells rang in late May as Naftali Bennett, a one-time ally of Netanyahu and a minister in his government, agreed to form an alliance with the moderate Yes Atid.
The next prime minister of Israel will be Naftali Bennett, the leader of the Yemina party. Bennett’s party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about six seats in parliament. His party did worse than expected from opinion polls, which saw them at gaining about a third of the support. Bennett’s agreement with Yar Lapid, the leader of Yes Atid, means that Bennett will be prime minister for the first two years of his four-year term. Lapid will sit in the PM’s chair for the next two years.
Opposition activists rallied in front of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s residence in Jerusalem on Saturday night, ahead of a vote of confidence in the Knesset on Sunday. According to an Al Jazeera report, there were weekly protests against Netanyahu last year. Now there is a black banner hanging across the wall. It reads, ‘Bye-bye, BB, bye-bye’. The festival is going on there by dancing, singing and playing drums.
“It’s a very important night for us,” Opheer Robinsky told Al Jazeera. Tomorrow will be a more significant day. My tears are flowing with joy. We fought peacefully for it (Netanyahu’s departure). “
Maya Arielli, from the central part of Israel, joined the festivities. “We are celebrating the year of the struggle of the people,” he said. Everyone told us it wouldn’t help. But tomorrow a new government is finally going to be formed in Israel. It proves that the citizens work in the fight. ‘
The way the fall
Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of Israel in the international arena, has been the country’s prime minister for five terms. Netanyahu, the leader of the right-wing Likud party, first came to power in 1996. He was the Prime Minister from 2009 to 2021.
Netanyahu voted in advance in April 2019. At that time, he failed to get the necessary support to form a coalition government. After that, neither party got a majority in the two-point vote. After the third round of voting, the process of forming a national consensus government in Israel began. Netanyahu agreed to share power with then-opposition leader Benny Gantz. However, as the process was disrupted last December, a new vote had to be taken.
The fourth round of voting took place last March. Although it won the most seats, Netanyahu’s Likud party did not get the seats it needed to form a government. Then there was Yar Lapid, the leader of the Yes Atid party, which won the second highest number of seats. June 2 was his last day to gather the necessary support to form a coalition government. Earlier, he had the support of the extremist nationalist party Naftali Bennett.
With just six seats in Israel’s 120-seat parliament, the far-right Naftali Bennett is the prime minister. Bennett, a one-time technology entrepreneur, entered Israeli politics with right-wing, extremist religious and nationalist rhetoric.
Bennett, 49, has spent his entire career in politics trying to woo right-wing voters. He is now leading the Yemina Party. The group has been demanding that part of the occupied West Bank be declared part of Israel.
The controversy surrounding Bennett, known for his aggressive rhetoric, has not abated. He is very liberal in terms of economic policy. He has a strong stance against Iran. Bennett has served in several Netanyahu governments with similar ideologies. Disputes between them have been growing in recent years.
Naftali Bennett is a former Israeli Special Forces commando. He was born to parents of American descent. He now lives in the central Israeli city of Ranana with his wife Galit and four children.
Bennett became active in politics in 2005 by selling tech start-ups for 145 million. The following year, he became Netanyahu’s chief of staff to the then-opposition Likud party. After stepping down in 2010, Bennett took over as head of the Yesha Council. The council works to expand Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank.
Then in 2012, the far-right party Zeus Home Party was led by Naftali Bennett. He strengthened the team that was on the verge of collapse at that time. Under his leadership, the party’s seats in parliament quadrupled. At this time, one after the other, his statement poisoning the Palestinians became the headline of the media.
In 2013, Bennett said, “Palestinian terrorists should be killed, not released.” As he once said, the West Bank is not occupied, because there has never been a Palestinian state here. His other statement also caused a storm. He said the Israeli-Palestinian conflict would never end. It has to be accepted.
In Netanyahu’s government, Naftali Bennett has served as finance and education minister in addition to the defense ministry. In 2016, he changed the name of Zeus Home Party to Yemina. Bennett joined Netanyahu’s coalition government with this party. However, the alliance broke up that year.
Bennett was not invited to join the Netanyahu-led unity government in May last year. Despite his ideological similarities, Netanyahu’s displeasure with Bennett was palpable.
When coronavirus infection occurred last year, Naftali Bennett was vocal in highlighting aspects of the healthcare crisis. He called for economic incentives to control coronavirus infections as well as control coronavirus infections.