Barring any last-minute defections before the official investiture vote in parliament, the new and yet-to-be-named government will be a narrow and complex power-sharing coalition among some eight parties, spanning the ideological gamut.
Naftali Bennett, head of the pro-settler Yamina party, is set to serve as prime minister for the first two years, after which Yair Lapid—head of the centrist Yesh Atid party—will rotate into the top spot from the foreign ministry for the remaining two.
🔴 BREAKING NEWS // Eight Israeli political parties, including right-wing Jewish and Arab factions, agree a deal for a coalition that would end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 years in government.
— Jewish News (@JewishNewsUK) June 2, 2021
The incoming government will also include left-wing parties Meretz and Labor, centrist faction Blue and White, and additional right-wing factions Yisrael Beiteinu and New Hope. The Islamist United Arab List is set to join the coalition as well, marking a historic first for an Arab Israeli party.
Bibi is out! Trump and Bibi in one year – that is progress. pic.twitter.com/cVmpQc4Jq6
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) June 2, 2021
Netanyahu simply didn’t have the votes to form his own government even with Bennett. Last-ditch talks between the two to possibly merge their respective parties failed as well. Some Netanyahu allies have even termed Bennett and his party members “traitors”; personal security around both him and his No. 2, Ayelet Shaked, has been ratcheted up due to threats of physical harm. Right-wing activists have held angry nightly protests outside their homes, demanding continued loyalty to Netanyahu.
Wasn’t Lindsey just in Israel with Bibi, like yesterday or something? Trying to… why was he there again?
— LB (@LincolnsBible) June 2, 2021
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