Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year run as Israel’s prime minister ends as Israel’s parliament voted 60-59 in favour of a new government on Sunday, which will be led by nationalist Naftali Bennett.
Naftali Bennett, a right-wing Jewish nationalist, and former tech millionaire were to take over at the helm of the eight-party bloc, united only by their shared disdain for the hawkish right-wing leader known as Bibi.
Netanyahu, 71, in typically combative style, vowed shortly before his defeat that “if it’s our destiny to be in the opposition, we’ll do so with our heads high until we take down this bad government and return to lead the country our way”.
“Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons,” Bennett said, vowing to maintain Netanyahu’s confrontational policy. “Israel will not be a party to the agreement and will continue to preserve full freedom of action.”
Netanyahu, speaking after him, vowed to return to power. “If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way,” he said.