Israeli parliament votes to end Netanyahu’s 12-year rule

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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". He was repeatedly interrupted and loudly heckled by supporters of Netanyahu, several of whom were escorted out of the chamber.

Yair Lapid, a centrist leader, is set to take Mr. Bennett's place after two years, if their government can hold together that long.

He also added that Israel will not allow Iran to be equipped with nuclear weapons: "Israel is not party to the agreement, and will maintain full freedom to act".

At the top of the new government's agenda is passing the first national budget in three years to assuage concerns from investors and ratings agencies over Israel's emergence from the global health crisis.

Bennett's speech mostly dwelled on domestic issues, but he expressed opposition to US efforts to revive Iran's nuclear deal with world powers.

He called off a planned speech to parliament, instead saying he was ashamed that his 86-year-old mother had to witness the raucous behavior of his opponents.

"I wanted her to be proud of the democratic process in Israel". He accused Bennett of being weak and untrustworthy (noting that he'd broken a campaign pledge by forming a government with Lapid), and said his protege-turned-rival would refuse to stand up to Biden on Iran.

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Their cabinet faces huge foreign, security and financial challenges: Iran, a fragile ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza, a war crimes probe by the International Criminal Court, and economic recovery following the coronavirus pandemic.

The leader of the right-leaning Yamina party was selected to lead the opposition's attempt to remove long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office by forming a broad coalition of 61 Knesset members. And no one is ruling out a Netanyahu comeback. Mr. Netanyahu has grown more aligned with Republicans and was embraced by Donald J. Trump, the former president.

His opponent, Benjamin Netanyahu, however, questioned Bennett's ability to stand up to pressure from the United States on the matter of restoring the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA, also known as the Iran nuclear deal). He has also cultivated ties with Arab and African countries that long shunned Israel over its policies toward the Palestinians.

In a similarly worded statement, Secretary of State Anthony J. Blinken said the United States remains "unwavering in our commitment to Israel's security".

But to his critics, he has become a polarising and autocratic leader who used divide-and-rule tactics to aggravate the many rifts in Israeli society.

In November 2019, he was indicted for fraud, breach of trust and accepting bribes. Last year, protesters began holding weekly rallies across the country calling on him to resign.

Between the lines: Despite Bennett's right-wing politics and hardline positions on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, many senior officials in the Biden administration will be be happy to see the end of Netanyahu's tenure.

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