A new governing coalition in Israel dismissed Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years in office. The Knesset, the parliament of Israel elected Naftali Bennett as Israel’s new Prime Minister.
Bennett was born and raised in Haifa on March 25, 1972, as the son of immigrants from the United States. In 2006 he served as chief of staff for Benjamin Netanyahu. He was later the party leader of The Jewish Home. In 2013-15 he served as Minister of Economy and Religious Services under Netanyahu and then as Minister of education. In 2018, he defected from The Jewish Home.
The self-centered Yair Lapid persuaded the coalition to replace Netanyahu. He will replace Bennett as PM after two years if their fragile government sustains itself.
The coalition leads an 8 party alliance that holds different ideologies but centrally focused on dismissing Netanyahu from power. It has both the left and right, secular as well as religious.
Bennett is a strong advocate of the Jewish nation-state. He reiterates Jewish historical and religious claims over the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and the Golan Heights that Israel has occupied since 1967. Bennett says that he is a firm and proud right-winger who will oppose Palestinian statehood forever. Bennett’s position as Prime Minister of Israel might bring complications in relations between Palestine and Israel. While Palestinian hopes for negotiations for peace and desire for an independent state, Bennett’s opinion may inhibit such hopes for negotiations.
Benjamin Netanyahu, shortly before his defeat promised that if it’s their destiny to be in the opposition, they will do so with their heads high until they take down this bad government and return to lead the country their way. Netanyahu served in office for 15 years, which makes him the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in history. Netanyahu during Trump’s presidency negotiated the Abraham Accords. It is an agreement between Israel and various Arab states. The Abraham Accords opened the doors for Muslims to peacefully pray at Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem, regarded as the third holiest site in Islam.
Netanyahu is under investigation for corruption by Israeli police and prosecutors. He was later indicted on charges of breach of trust, bribery, and fraud.
It is a matter of service that will show whether the new coalition which holds different ideologies can work out together to rebuild the economy and its relations with the global arena or whether the fragile government will fall under its own differences.