Naftali Bennett has been sworn in as the 13th Prime Minister of Israel. For the first time since 2009 after a power-sharing government led by Naftali Bennett survived a confidence vote on Sunday A coalition government ended Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year hold on power.
Israeli media outlet Haaretz reports that Israel’s Knesset lawmakers has voted for a fragile eight-party coalition, replacing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in the top post. coalition is comprised of bitter ideological rivals, united by their will to oust Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving leader as the also elected Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid Party — a coalition member — to house speaker.
Naftali Bennett promised that the coalition “represents all of Israel. ”He said that the coalition government would open a new chapter in the relationship between the state and Israel’s Arab citizens and thanked Netanyahu for the role he played in this process. Emotions ran high during the Knesset special session with both Bennett and Netanyahu speaking through raucous boos from some lawmakers.