A new chapter in Israel’s history begins this week with the shocking ouster of Benjamin Netanyahu, the nation’s long-serving prime minister.
According to the Daily Caller, the embattled leader was removed from power Sunday, ending his 12 years as Israel’s head of state, after nearly two years of chaotic attempts to form a new coalition government came to a resolution.
Ousted by parliament
Netanyahu’s fate had been uncertain for some time as he faced corruption charges and failed to produce a governing coalition despite four elections since 2019, leaving Israel in limbo.
The circumstances changed Sunday when Israel’s parliament narrowly voted for a new government, led by Naftali Bennett of the New Right party, according to the Daily Caller. Netanyahu, of the right-wing Likud party, is now the leader of the opposition and will face corruption charges without government protection.
It all marks a stunning reversal for the swaggering and often controversial nationalist, who forged close ties with former U.S. President Donald Trump.
While led by the Right, the new government runs the gamut politically. Bennett called for “restraint” between the disparate parts of his coalition as he vowed to “mend the rift in the nation,” but he was constantly interrupted by heckling from the opposition, forcing him to shout his speech, according to The Jerusalem Post.
As Likud members denounced him as a “liar” and a “criminal,” Bennett said they were demonstrating their inability to govern under Netanyahu.
Netanyahu vows comeback
On his way out the door, Netanyahu reportedly shook hands with Bennett despite delivering a thundering speech disparaging the incoming, “left-wing” government as “dangerous” and unable to counter hostility from Iran.
“I will fight daily against this terrible, dangerous left-wing government in order to topple it,” Netanyahu said, according to the Times of Israel. “With God’s help, it will happen a lot earlier than you think it will.”
Vowing to make a comeback, Netanyahu also reprimanded U.S. President Joe Biden for his calls to restore the 2015 Iran deal, the New York Post noted.
Biden, for his part, congratulated Bennett and invoked the “close and enduring relationship” between America and Israel, according to the Daily Caller, but Bennett signaled some continuity with his predecessor in his own speech, saying: “Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons.”
Tehran responded to Netanyahu’s ouster with perfunctory boasting but otherwise dismissed it as unlikely to change anything substantial.