Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years

Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years

Israeli coalition ousts Netanyahu as prime minister after 12 years in power.

Netanyahu is likely to feel the force of corruption charges as he is now forced to step down. The corruption charges have been lingering for years.

The opposition leader, Yair Lapid, a centrist former TV news anchor, won a confidence vote in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, by a razor-thin margin of 60-59 seats on Sunday evening.

Far-right former settler leader Naftali Bennett is to be installed as prime minister for the first half. A deal that was negotiated to get the coalition in power.

Palestinian people have not celebrated the fall of Netanyahu, instead they have coined their feelings and opinions to “two-sides of the same coin”.

The inclusion of Raam and left-wing non-Arab Israeli parties means there could be friction on issues such as Israeli policies towards Palestinians – Yamina and another right-wing party, New Hope, are staunch supporters of Jewish settlement in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, for instance. 

There could also be difficulties over social policies – while some parties want to advance gay rights, such as recognising same-sex marriages. A lot of Jewish groups are against this.

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