/ 15 June 2021

End of an era as Netanyahu is bundled out

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year grip on power has come to an end after the country’s parliament voted in favour of a new coalition government. Naftali Bennett now leads a mish-mash government of left, right and centre parties under a deal that will see him as PM for the first 2 years, followed by centrist Yair Lapid. Sunday’s vote – which passed by a narrow 60-59 margin – ends a 2-year political stalemate after 4 inconclusive elections. While promising to unite the country, the new coalition involves such political diversity that pundits say it’s hard to predict what policy agenda it might pursue. One thing they do know: Bennett is a hardliner when it comes to being against those in charge of Gaza while being a bit more economically and socially liberal than other right-wingers. Netanyahu remains head of the Likud party and will lead the opposition promising that he’ll be back. #SquizShortcut

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