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[BREAKING] Netanyahu Ousted As Israeli Prime Minister

[BREAKING] Netanyahu Ousted As Israeli Prime Minister

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who was entertaining South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham on Memorial Day, has been ousted by a coalition formed by formerly opposed parties.

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.

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.

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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.

[This is a breaking and developing story, please check back for updates]

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