Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's new PM, ends Netanyahu's 12 yr rule

Jerusalem, Jun 14 (IANS): Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina (United Right) party, was sworn in as new Israeli prime minister on Sunday night, sending Benjamin Netanyahu to the opposition after a record 12-year rule.

This came after the new coalition government, headed by Bennett and Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid (Future) party, was approved by the parliament, or Knesset, in a vote of confidence, Xinhua news agency reported.

In the vote of confidence held in the parliament earlier, 60 lawmakers of the 120-member chamber voted in favour of the new government while 59 voted against it.

TV footage of the parliament session showed Bennett and Lapid taking their new seats at the coalition seats in the parliament, while Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving leader, moved to the back seats of the opposition.

At the same time, the 27 new ministers of the new governing coalition were also sworn in.

Bennett and Lapid will rotate as the prime minister on a two-year base, with Bennett going first. Lapid will serve as Israel's alternate prime minister and foreign minister.

Israel's parliament on Sunday night also elected Mickey Levy, a lawmaker with Yesh Atid, as its new speaker.

The new coalition includes eight parties, including the Islamist Ra'am party, the first Arab faction to be included in a governing coalition in Israel.

Thousands of Israelis gathered on Rabin Square in central Tel Aviv on Sunday night to celebrate the end of Netanyahu's rule.

The forming of the new coalition government has ended a political crisis in Israeli, that has seen four elections in two years.



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  • SB, Mlore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Those Bolts who may be celebrating Nethenyahus Exit, may get a shock of their live if they had just seen Naftali in news channels just few back when he defended Isreal actions and said that they are all united and stand by their PM when it comes to National Security. His words were not minced and sharp 10 times more than Nethenyahu, he is far more right than his predecessor. Interesting things may fall out.

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  • Joyal Dsouza , Elyar Padav ,Konaje , Mangalore, Elyar Padav , Konaje , Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    @ Mr. sheikh M , that is u r day dream just go back and look at the wars won by ISRAEL . In 1948 ISRAEL V/S Arab war - Won by Isreal , In 1967 when 7 Arab countries declared a war against ISREAL at the same time , but Isreal never give up they have given a befitting attack on Enemies and within 6 days they have destroyed all the enemies Air bases , war jets , helicopter , and army and Won just by 6 days . With the less army strength , quality army Jets , fighter jets they have managed . Even when Gaza terrorists attacked on Isreal , ISRAEL fixed a target and killed the terrorist . They have shown their power to the world . Look the surrounding counties around ISRAEL all are enemies every time they are alert to face any challenges . Look at the county economy , start up , worlds first anti virus developed by ISREAL . God will protect ISREAL . If any one trying to destoy Israel God is there to defend Israel this one truth world only know . So dont comment meaningless words . ISRAEL will always fight against terrorist and will destroy them from world .they will show hell to the terrorist on the earth only that is what they have prooved . ISREAL have a policy that they dont beg anyone to dont harm or kill our citizen instead they tell if u kill or harm or beat our any 1 citizen they will harm or finish 10 enemies . Best example operation EMBETE in Uganda and German olimpics terror attack they did not agree terrorist demand to release terrorist which are in Israel jain for that they have killed Isreal players ( Citizens) that they started operation ALL finish by MOSSAD which is one of best Intelligence agency in the world and the revenge is revenge only declared on terrorists they took 30 years to finish each and every terrorist members who suppoted them . And finally they finished the base root of that terrorists only that is ISRAEL . and Isreal supporrtrd during KARGIL war , BALAkot airstrike used Lazer guided BOBM ehich used by our Indian army they are from Isreal . If Isreal declar a war on terrorists and against terrorist country will will be a no Single terrorists terrorist country in the world . No mercy for terrorists . GOD will always defend ISREAL .no matter which PM always comes country first .

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  • DR.S.KAMATH, Mumbai

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Naftali Bennet is far more Rightist than Netanyahu. More severe bombs he will put on Hamas

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  • Shaji, kasargod

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Dr. Kamath, you are absolutely correct. New PM of Israel will bomb not only Hamas, but also neighboring Arab Countries and you will be invited to celebrate the occasion. In last war, it was Hamas who pleaded for ceasefire as they had no other way to avoid complete distruction.

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  • Rahulbaba, mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    This govt will be very interesting to watch out for. Its because its got factions from extreme right, Centre, left and Islamist too. How they will manage to run will be interesting.

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  • Dr.Jayaram Perla, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    We also should correct our 2019 mistake and vote wisely in 2024 to prevent democracy getting converted into dictatorship.

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  • Sheikh M, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    In case all Arab countries united , there's no Israel in the map ,

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  • Carlton Saldanha, Shirva/New York

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Sheikh M.....are you from Mallappuram?

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    dat is your bad dream. when u shia-sunny didn't unite since muhammad's death as of 2day under 1 islam & kill each other daily.

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  • Pacific Heights, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    We know how the middle eastern countries consider Indo Pak and Bangla Muslims. Its high time you read the sayings of Muhammad Al Arifi , the great scholar.

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Nallasopara

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    This will also happen in India ...

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  • sense_shetty, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    India is a soft state ..So the extreme right means Ahimsa in India ..That is the fear ..India will throw out religious minorities under left rule how China is doing it.Govt controlled God.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    Dreams are free!!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Jun 14 2021

    lynching, killing, encountering humans is not ahimsa.

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