Naftali Bennett, Special Forces commando, became the new Prime Minister of Israel
The 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina Party was sworn in on Sunday after securing a majority in the Israeli parliament. 60 members voted in favor and 59 against
• Parties of different ideologies allied to form the new government
• 60 members in favor and 59 against in the 120-member parliament 'Knesset'
• US President Joe Biden congratulates Bennett and new minister
Naftali Bennett was sworn in as Israel's prime minister on Sunday. With this, the tenure of Benjamin Netanyahu, who had been in the post of Prime Minister for 12 years, finally ended. Bennett, a 49-year-old leader of the right-wing Yamina Party and a former commander was sworn in on Sunday after securing a majority in parliament. Naftali entered politics in 2005 after selling his tech startup for $145 million. Earlier, in Israel's 120-member parliament the Knesset, 60 members voted in favor and 59 against, one member remained absent.
27 ministers, 9 women also included in the new government
The new government has 27 ministers, of whom nine are women. Parties of different ideologies have formed an alliance for the new government. Among them, there is also a party representing the Arab community along with right, left, centrist parties. Mickey Levy of the Yesh Atid Party was elected Speaker of Parliament. 67 members voted in his favor.
Netanyahu supporters obstructed
Earlier, Bennett announced the names of ministers in his government during an address to parliament and was interrupted by supporters of 71-year-old Netanyahu. Bennett said he was proud to be working with "people of differing views," Bennett said, adding, "We are taking on this responsibility at this crucial time," Bennett said.
Apart from holding elections, there was an option to form the government together.
Apart from this government, the only option before the country was to hold another election. This would have spread more hatred and affected the country." Members of the Likud party created a ruckus during his address and called him a "criminal" and a "liar". In his address, Bennett also said that Israel would never allow Iran to acquire nuclear weapons capability.