Netanyahu opponents reach coalition deal to oust Israeli PM

world
Netanyahu Opponents Reach Coalition Deal To Oust Israeli Pm
Israel Politics, © AP/Press Association Images
Share this article

By Josef Federman, Associated Press

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents announced they have reached a deal to form a new governing coalition, paving the way for the removal of the long-time Israeli leader.

The dramatic announcement by opposition leader Yair Lapid and his main coalition partner, Naftali Bennett, came moments before a midnight deadline and prevented the country from plunging into what would have been its fifth consecutive election in just over two years.

Mr Netanyahu’s Likud won the most seats in the March 23 election, but he was unable to form a majority with his traditional religious and nationalist allies.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (Yonatan Sindel/Pool via AP)

Explained
Israel is set for a change of government. Who? Whe...
Read More

Crucially, a far-right party allied with Mr Netanyahu refused to join forces with a small Arab party that emerged as one of the kingmakers in the race.

In a statement on Twitter, Mr Lapid said he had informed the country’s president of the deal.

Advertisement

“This government will work for all the citizens of Israel, those that voted for it and those that didn’t. It will do everything to unite Israeli society,” he said.

Read More

Want us to email you top stories each lunch time?

Download our Apps
© BreakingNews.ie 2021, developed by Square1 and powered by PublisherPlus.com