Published: 2021-06-14 11:30
Last Updated: 2022-05-23 04:54
Late Sunday, Israeli Occupation residents chanted and celebrated near the Knesset as a new government was announced.
An alliance of Israeli Occupation parties ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 straight years as prime minister, as parliament voted in a new government led by his former ally, the right-wing nationalist Naftali Bennett.
"The new government knows that we have our eyes on them. So they have to be good," said one voter.
Bennett, an American-Jewish tech millionaire and former special forces commander was sworn in at the helm of an ideologically divided eight-party bloc united only by disdain for the country's longest-serving prime minister, Netanyahu.
Just shy of his defeat, Netanyahu, 71, in his typical combative style, vowed 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."
Beloved as "King Bibi" and "Mr Security" by his right-wing supporters and condemned as the "crime minister" by his critics, Netanyahu has long dominated Israeli Occupation politics.
But on Sunday, a vote in the Knesset legislature following weeks of political drama ended his government with a razor-thin majority of 60 to 59 votes in the 120-seat chamber.
In turn, the US President Joe Biden quickly congratulated Bennett.
"I look forward to working with Prime Minister Bennett to strengthen all aspects of the close and enduring relationship between our two nations. [The Israeli Occupation] has no better friend than the United States," said Biden in a statement.
Demonstrators gathered near the Knesset in occupied Jerusalem and poured into Tel Aviv's city center to celebrate Netanyahu's downfall.
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Prior to the vote, Bennett, 49, told the Knesset that his government "represents all of [the Israeli Occupation]."
Bennett noted the Israeli Occupation, after four inconclusive elections in under two years, had been thrown "into a maelstrom of hatred and in-fighting".
"The time has come for different leaders, from all parts of the population, to stop, to stop this madness", he said, to angry shouts of "liar" and "criminal" from right-wing opponents.
Netanyahu, who is facing corruption charges in a trial he claims is a 'conspiracy,' has been the spearhead of Israeli Occupation politicians, having also served a previous three-year term in the 1990s.
His supporters have hailed him as a defender of the Israeli Occupation who has been tough on Iran, but who also struck a series of historic normalization deals with a few Arab nations in 2020.
Being ousted from his position leaves Netanyahu more exposed and vulnerable to his legal troubles, denying him the chance to push through legislation that could give him immunity.
Bennett, a former defense minister under Netanyahu, vowed to keep the Israel Occupation 'safe from Iran,' promising that "[the Israeli Occupation] won't let Iran have nuclear weapons," a goal the Iran denies pursuing.
Netanyahu claimed Iran saw "celebrating" the birth of a "dangerous", weak left-wing government.
The diverse anti-Netanyahu bloc was organized by the secular centrist and former TV presenter, Yair Lapid.
The new bloc covers a diverse political spectrum, with three right-wing, two centrist and two left-wing parties, and even an Arab Islamic conservative party.
Lapid, 57, is set to serve as the Israeli Occupation's foreign minister for the next two years before taking over from Bennett.
In turn, the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel Sunday congratulated Bennett in comments tweeted by her spokeswoman, "Germany and [the Israeli Occupation] are connected by a unique friendship that we want to strengthen further. With this in mind, I look forward to working closely with you."
The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, congratulated Bennett, adding that Ottawa "remains steadfast in its commitment to a two-state solution, with [Israeli Occupiers] and Palestinians living in peace, security, and dignity – without fear and with their human rights respected."
The British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said in tweets, "I look forward to continued cooperation on security, trade and climate change, and working together to secure peace in the region."
The European Council president Charles Michel also tweeted his congratulations.