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Netanyahu Sacked; New Israeli Leader Brings Arab Party To Governing Table

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits during a Knesset session in Jerusalem Sunday, June 13, 2021. Naftali Bennett is expected later Sunday to be sworn in as the country's new prime minister, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)
Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits during a Knesset session in Jerusalem Sunday, June 13, 2021. Naftali Bennett is expected later Sunday to be sworn in as the country's new prime minister, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 12-year rule. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)

After 12 years in power, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  has been ousted.

This marks the first time in 12 years that an Israeli government has not been led by Netanyahu.

He is being  replaced  by Naftali Bennett, who survived a confidence vote by the slimmest possible margins, 60 votes to 59.

Bennett, once an ally of Netanyahu, now a rival, will  head up what’s being described as the most diverse Israeli governing coalition ever.

It includes the first Arab party to serve as part of the Jewish state’s government.

Bennett was sworn in Sunday June 13th 2021.

He says he is  proud to have the ability to “sit together with people with very different views from my own.”

As for Netanyahu,  he told members of the Knessett  “try to ruin our wonderful economy as little as possible so we can fix it as quickly as possible when we return.”

 

Outgoing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sits during a Knesset session in Jerusalem Sunday, June 13, 2021. Naftali Bennett is expected later Sunday to be sworn in as the country’s new prime minister, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year rule. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit)   June 14th,  2021

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