Naftali Bennett Becomes Israel’s New Prime Minister, Ending Netanyahu’s 12-Year Tenure

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu. Photo:

The Knesset convened earlier today to hold a confidence vote on the new coalition government. Yair Lapid, the leader of Israel’s largest opposition party Yesh Atid, was given a mandate to form a coalition last month, after acting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed the deadline.

Naftali Bennett, leader of the right-wing Yamina party, has become Israel’s new prime minister, unseating the country’s longest-serving head of government Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in office since 2009.

The legislative body earlier voted by a narrow 60-59 margin to approve the new diverse coalition government.

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By Henry Batyaev
Sputnik International

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