Naftali Bennett Set to Replace Former Mentor Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli Prime Minister in Opposition Deal

Naftali Bennett Set to Replace Former Mentor Benjamin Netanyahu as Israeli Prime Minister in Opposition Deal


Benjamin Netanyahu’s former aide, Naftali Bennett, is on track to replace him as prime minister after Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid announced the formation of a unity government on Wednesday.

With just minutes left before the midnight deadline, Lapid, who leads the Yesh Atid party, informed outgoing Israeli President Reuven Rilin that he had assembled a motley coalition between right-wing, centrist, leftist and Arab parties that will unseat Netanyahu after 12 years in office.

“I am honored to inform you that I have succeeded in forming a government,” Lapid conveyed to the Office of the President.

Bennett, from the right-wing Yamina party, and Mansour Abbas, from the Islamist Ra’am party, reached an agreement with Lapid during marathon negotiations between eight parties on the last day of the 28-day mandate.

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Yamina barely won 6% of the vote in the March elections.

The proposed government would see a rotational premiership in which

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