Naftali Bennett Replaced Benjamin Netanyahu as Israel’s Prime Minister

Naftali Bennett giving a speech in front of a press conference with Israel's flag behind him

Benjamin Netanyahu stepped down as Israeli Prime Minister after serving as P.M of Isreal for 12years, Naftali Bennett to be sworn as Israel’s new Prime Minister. 

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Naftali Bennett won the confidence with a thin majority of 60 – 59 in the 120-seat chamber. Bennett is a leader of the small ultranationalist party, which joined hands with seven other small parties to form a coalition government. 

Bennett is a Former former defense minister and a high-tech millionaire who is 49 years old. For the first time in Israel’s history, his alliance includes a party that represents its 21% Arab minority. 

In 2023, Bennett will be replaced as prime minister by centrist Yair Lapid. Lapid will be serving as a foreign minister for two years.

Addressing parliament, Netanyahu said, “If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this Dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way.” 

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Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weather pons,” Bennett said, vowing to maintain an aggressive policy. “Israel will not be a party to the agreement and will continue to preserve full freedom of action.”

Responding to political change in Israel, Hamas said their stand towards Israel would not change. 

The form the Israeli government takes doesn’t change the nature of our relationship,” said the group’s spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.

It’s still a colonizing and occupying power that we must resist.”

Benjamin Netanyahu held the post of Prime Minister for 12 long years, and now he will sit in parliament as opposition leader. He had also been prime minister for 3 years in 1990. Currently, Netanyahu is also facing a corruption trial in court.

Joe Biden, US president through Twitter, congratulated Mr. Bennett.

I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations. Israel has no better friend than the United States.

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Germany and Israel are connected by a unique friendship that we want to strengthen further. With this in mind, I look forward to working closely with you,” said the German chancellor.

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