Israel’s longest-serving leader Benjamin Netanyahu has been removed from office by a loose coalition of rivals bringing to an end his 12 years in power.
As a result of his ouster, Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as the country’s leader at a time when Israel has been involved in some war with the Palestinians.
According to the Gurdian, Bennett, who has ruled out a Palestinian state and wants Israel to maintain ultimate control over all the lands it occupies, will be prime minister for the first two years of a four-year term before handing over to Lapid.
The Guardian added that the self-described “government of change” is a mix of ideologically opposed politicians from hardline Jewish religious nationalists to a small Arab Islamist party.
Ahead of the Knesset vote, Bennett attempted to give a conciliatory speech, even as Netanyahu’s allies heckled him from their seats. The 49-year-old prime minister-designate thanked the outgoing leader for his “lengthy and achievement filled service”
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