Israel Heads to New Government Without Netanyahu
After four inconclusive elections over the past two years,
Israel is on the verge of having a new government that will bring together the right, left and center.
Announcing the new government of change, Centrist Politician Yair Lapid told Israel's President
he had cobbled together a coalition of 61 seats in the Israeli Parliament.
"Mr. President, I am calling you to say that I have succeeded in forming a government.
All of them together, they signed for me, they all signed for me.
They all told me I have succeeded as far as they are concerned."
The new government still needs to be approved by the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament later this month.
But Lapid will not be the new Prime Minister at least at first.
To cement a coalition, he had to offer the job first to Naftali Bennett,
the head of a small hard-line Right-wing Party called Yamina, with only 7 out of 120 Knesset seats.
Most Israelis just want a functioning government and come, say analysts.
"The Israeli center, right and left are going to be cooperating and coordinating for the foreseeable future.
At a time when Israelis really need to unite, at a time following a war in Gaza, following an international pandemic.
They're going to try to bring Israel back together after a period of divisiveness.
Many Israelis considered Netanyahu, Israel's longest-serving Prime Minister,
a divisive figure in Israeli politics for much of his 12 year-run.
He is currently on trial in three corruption cases, a major factor in the drive to unseat him.
Netanyahu demonized the Israeli left,
ruled over the Israeli right without letting any alternative really challenge him within his political bloc.
And when he will be on the sidelines,
it will be easier to govern and focus more on issues helping the people and less on issues that were helping himself."
The new government has pledged to focus on issues like the economy
and healing the split between Arab and Jewish citizens of Israel.
Coexistence frayed after violent clashes during the recent Gaza fighting.
The coalition will include an Arab party for the first time in Israel's history.
However, Palestinians say they don't see much difference between the old Netanyahu government and the new one.
Palestinian blood will be a target for this government,
which is no different than the other extremist right-wing governments, which escalates crimes against the Palestinians.
But Israelis say they hope the new government will bring the country together
and that there won't be another election for years to come.