Benjamin Netanyahu’s record 12-year term as prime minister is coming to an end as 60 MK votes in favor of the new government.
The Israeli parliament has voted in favor of ousting Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister for 12 years, endorsing an administration that has promised to heal a country that has been brutally torn apart by the departure of its longest-serving leader.
The new cabinet will be sworn in after the Knesset vote, with 60 votes in favor, 59 against the new government, which will be formed by center-right opposition leader Yair Lapid and extremist nationalist Naftali Bennett.
Until Lapid takes office, Bennett will serve as prime minister for two years.
They will lead the party government across the political spectrum, including for the first time representing a 21 per cent minority of Israeli-Palestinian citizens.
The end of the era
Netanyahu, the most dominant Israeli politician of his generation, failed to form a government after the March 23 election in Israel, the fourth in four years.
The 71-year-old man loves his tough supporters and is disgusted with critics. His ongoing corruption trials, which he denies, have only widened the gap.
His opponents have long denounced Netanyahu’s divisive rhetoric and political tactics, subordinating state interests to his political existence.
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