After a heated debate on the Knesset, the Knesset voted 60-59 (with one abstention from Raam), to confirm the new government of “change” and overthrow Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Chairman Yamine Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the 13th Israeli prime minister in the 36th Israeli government, followed by chairman Yesh Atida Yair Lapid, who will be deputy prime minister and foreign minister for two years, before becoming prime minister as part of a rotation agreement with Bennett, and then the rest of the ministers of the new government.
Michey Levy was elected president of the Knesset 67-52 by Yesh Atid.
It was a tumultuous Knesset session before the vote for a new speaker and a new government. During Naftali Bennett’s speech, he was loudly escorted, and MKs from the far-right party Religious Zionism were expelled from the plenum. Extremely orthodox and Likud MKs called Bennett a fraud and a liar.
Bennett said: “I have to thank Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for breaking through the meetings with Mansour Abbas and reaching out to him. You have paved the way.”
Bennett said he has taken responsibility to avoid more and more elections and that the new government will represent Israeli citizens from Tel Aviv to Ofra and from Rahat to Kiryat Shmona.
Lapid said that he was ashamed of the Knesset’s behavior during Bennett’s speech and that he would therefore give up giving the speech he had prepared.
Netanyahu attacked Bennett in his speech and reiterated that he had deceived Yama’s voters. He vowed to continue his life’s work in defending Israel and promoting its prosperity, and vowed, “I will return before you know it.”
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