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Israel’s opposition parties announced that they have reached an agreement to form a government and thus end the 12-year term of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
President Reuven Rivlin had given opposition leader Yair Lapid a deadline – which expired at midnight on Wednesday – to gain sufficient support in Parliament and form a new government.
According to the agreement, the leader of the right-wing party Yamina, the religious ultra-nationalist Naftali Bennett, will assume first like prime minister and later will be replaced in August of 2023 by the secular centrist Lapid.
The Islamist United Arab List party (Ra’am, in Hebrew) was the political formation that ensured the new governing coalition.
Lapid, Bennett and Ra’am leader Mansour Abbas were photographed signing a pact that many thought was elusive.
The agreement must be endorsed by the Israeli Parliament before the unity government can assume power.
If they do not get the necessary support in the House, there is a risk that the country will have to go to the polls again for the fifth time in two years.
In a statement, Lapid said that he had informed President Rivlin of the deal.
“I promise that this government will work in the service of all Israeli citizens, those who voted in favor and those who did not. It will respect its opponents and do everything in its power to unite and connect all parts of society. Israeli, “Lapid noted.
Israel has been in a impasse politician for the past two years, after four general elections Netanyahu will not reach the majority necessary to form a government.
Netanyahu said that a parties’ agreement with Lapid “It would weaken Israel.”
“Do not form a left government; such a government is a danger to Israel’s security and future,” he said Sunday.
Analysis by Jeremy Bowen, BBC Middle East editor
No political adversary of Netanyahu can underestimate his absolute determination to stay in office. Until a new government with a new prime minister is sworn in, he will do everything he can to stop it.
He has already called the possible new government the “fraud of the century.” He says that he endangers the State, the people and the soldiers of Israel.
As much as you complain, you will most likely be relieved of your position. In the end, his defeat comes not thanks to his left-wing opponents, but to right-wing comrades whom he has turned into enemies with his ruthless and overbearing tactics.
No one should expect big initiatives from a new government. Just surviving the attacks Netanyahu is planning will undoubtedly be a full-time job.
Opponents of the current prime minister hope his downfall will continue in the courts of Jerusalem, where he is already on trial on serious corruption charges.
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Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.