Israel: “We’ll be back soon,” says Netanyahu;  swears to stay in politics

Israel: “We’ll be back soon,” says Netanyahu; swears to stay in politics


Israel’s 36th government was sworn in in the Knesset on Sunday, following an historic vote in which Yamina leader Naftali Bennett was named prime minister and Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted prime minister after 12 years.

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Israel’s 36th government was sworn in in the Knesset on Sunday, following an historic vote in which Yamina leader Naftali Bennett was named prime minister and Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted prime minister after 12 years.

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But the inevitable weakness of the new government was illustrated by the wafer-thin vote of confidence of 60-59 for a combination of left, centrist, right and Arab parties that had little in common other than a desire to oust Netanyahu.

Thousands of people gathered in Tel Aviv to celebrate the result that came after four unsuccessful elections in two years.

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Members of the Netanyahu government vacated their seats at the government table in the Knesset plenary immediately after the confidence vote as Netanyahu left the Prime Minister’s presidency.

Netanyahu, 71, swore in typically combative style shortly before his defeat that “if our fate is to be in the opposition, we will do so with our heads held high until we overthrow this bad government and return to our country.” Way to lead “. “.

Beloved by his right-wing supporters as “King Bibi” and condemned by his critics as “Criminal Minister”, Netanyahu has long been the dominant and increasingly divisive figure in Israeli politics.

The new government, formed after an unsuccessful election on March 23, plans largely to avoid sweeping steps on hot international issues such as policy towards the Palestinians and to focus on internal reforms.

Unimpressed by the change of government, the Palestinians predicted that Bennett would follow the same right-wing agenda as Netanyahu.

(With contributions from agencies)

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