Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will likely leave office later this month, after a coalition of small opposition parties, the largest of which is barely half as big as his Likud party, assembled enough votes Wednesday to form a new majority.
He was brought down by rivals on the right.
The key votes were supplied by Yamina, a right-wing party led by former Netanyahu aide Naftali Bennett, and New Hope, a right-wing party led by former Likud member Gideon Sa’ar.
The closest political analogy might be the fate of British Conservative trailblazer Margaret Thatcher, who was ousted by her own party. But Thatcher faltered somewhat in her later years.
The same cannot be said of Netanyahu.
In the last year alone, he guided Israel through the coronavirus pandemic, vaccinating the whole.population; he signed peace agreements with nearly half a dozen Arab and Muslim countries; and he led