NEWSMAX: Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as Israel’s prime minister ended on Sunday with parliament approving a new “government of change” led by nationalist Naftali Bennett.
Heading into opposition, Netanyahu, 71, the most dominant Israeli politician of his generation, pledged he would soon return to power.
Netanyahu said that Iran was celebrating the new Israeli government. “It’s no wonder that they are celebrating today … They understand that today there will be a weak Israeli government.” He sent his own message to the Iranian leaders — in English: “We’ll be back — soon.”
In a raucous session in which Netanyahu’s right-wing and ultra-Orthodox supporters shouted “shame” and “liar” at Bennett, parliament voted confidence in his new administration by a razor thin 60-59 majority.
A former defense minister and a high-tech millionaire, Bennett, 49, was due to be sworn in shortly after the vote.
His alliance includes for the first time in Israel’s history a party that represents its 21% Arab minority.
With little in common except for a desire to end the Netanyahu era and political impasse that led to four inconclusive elections in two years, the coalition of left-wing, centrist, right-wing and Arab parties is likely to be fragile. Continue reading at our news partner, NEWSMAX.
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