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Netanyahu's Long Tenure Officially Over in Israel

Naftali Bennett will be sworn in Monday morning
By Liz MacGahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2021 1:40 PM CDT

(Newser) – Benjamin Netanyahu is leaving office after 12 straight years, 15 years total. Naftali Bennett's coalition government survived—barely—a confidence vote Sunday, the New York Times reports. The Knesset, Israel's parliament, was closely split, with a 60-59 majority favoring Bennett, who will be sworn in as prime minister Monday morning, per Axios. Netanyahu dominated the political climate in Israel for a generation, despite enduring four inconclusive elections in two years and an ongoing corruption trial, Reuters reports.

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The new government, formed in March and confirmed Sunday, spans the political spectrum in Israel, including representation of its large Arab minority, and is united mainly around a single issue: no more Netanyahu. No sweeping changes in Palestinian relations are on the horizon. But the Raam party, part of the new government, is likely to push for spending in Arab communities, per the New York Times. Meanwhile, Netanyahu, 71, is likely to remain a strong voice as an opposition leader.
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