Benjamin Netanyahu – the longest-serving Israeli prime minister in its history – officially received the boot from his own government … this in the midst of recent tumultuous years.
Bibi was ousted on Sunday after Israel’s parliament, known as the Knesset, voted to remove him from power and form a new governing coalition … Naftali Bennett – an ultra-conservative politician himself – who was narrowly elected to take the reigns for the time being, leading a diverse group of minds, ranging from liberal to moderate on Israeli politics.
BN was said to look rather depressed during the vote… sitting in silence, and finally shaking hands with Bennett before stepping out of there with his team.
While the 8 different parties that make up this new alliance disagree on many issues – the only thing they seemed to agree with was that it was time for Ben to leave … this after 12 years historic mandate, albeit full of ups and downs, especially in recent times with the latest escalation of violence between Israel and Palestine.
Netanyahu is also on trial right now, facing corruption charges – and yet he refused to resign and continued, much to the chagrin of several political bigwigs there. Not only that, but Israel has had FOUR elections in the past two years.
Safe to say … the country seems poised for a change, and they finally made it happen. Ben – who was first elected in 2009 – is not leaving, however… he will simply become the leader of the opposition party and attempt to regain control of his cohorts.
Meanwhile, it’s a new day in the Middle East – and many people seem happy about it … as dozens of Israelis take to the streets to celebrate the news of Netanyahu’s ouster.
Time will tell if the new leadership can effectively ease the tensions that have been simmering for several years.