Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has been replaced as the long-standing leader of the nation, as Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the leader of a new coalition unity government.
The Knesset’s final vote ousted the well-known statesman in a close 60 to 59 vote, ending 12 consecutive years of Netanyahu’s leadership and 15 total years as Israel’s prime minister.
Netanyahu’s final speech included a parting shot to President Joe Biden, condemning his efforts to reinstate a nuclear deal with Iran. He compared it to America’s failure to help the Jews during the early days of World War II.
“We changed Israel into a world power,” he said, noting Israel’s emergence as a technological and economic force, according to Breitbart News.
“We were the first in the world to emerge from the coronavirus,” he added, and stressed Israel’s free-market reforms, noting that they had enabled Israel to weather the pandemic with far greater success than many other countries.
Bennett became the leader of a multi-party unity government that included members from the left, center, and right elements of the nation’s parties. He vowed to move the nation forward in unity, despite the wide disparity in views among party leadership.
Bennett thanked Netanyahu for his service in leading the nation through conflict as well as efforts to coordinate the Abraham Accords to bring peace with Middle East nations. He also committed to working together with President Biden, though also opposing the Iranian deal.
Israel has finally selected a new leader, but much remains to be seen regarding the look of the nation in the future.