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Israelis Wonder: After 12 Years of Netanyahu, Can Politics Go Back to Normal? by Yardena Schwartz

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu Lashes Out At Opponents

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is lashing out at opposition lawmakers after a coalition gained enough members of the Knesset to threaten his 12 years in power, calling them a “dangerous leftist government.” NBC News’ Kelly Cobiella breaks down where the situation stands and whether Netanyahu can hold on to power. 

TEL AVIV — Just before midnight on Wednesday, many Israelis got the news they had been waiting two years and four elections to hear: “I have succeeded in forming a government.” 

Israel’s so-called “government of change” has, of course, made international headlines because it is set to oust Benjamin Netanyahu, whose 12 consecutive years as prime minister have been defined by a divisive style, corruption scandals, and a rightward shift in political life. But the prospective new government, which would install the right-wing Naftali Bennett as prime minister, followed in 2023 by the centrist Yair Lapid, is historic for other reasons as well. The coalition itself — a motley crew of eight parties spanning the ideological rainbow with little in common but opposition to Netanyahu — is unprecedented. Moreover, the Islamist Ra’am party is poised to make history by becoming the first Arab party to join an Israeli governing coalition. To read more go to the link below:

https://www.politico.com/news/magazine/2021/06/06/post-netanyahu-israel-politics-491920

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