Yair Lapid says he has formed coalition government to oust Benjamin Netanyahu


Yair Lapid says he has formed coalition government to oust Benjamin Netanyahu

Mr Bennett, a former protégé of Mr Netanyahu, is a strong supporter of expanding Israeli settlements and annexing swathes of the West Bank.

However, as the government will have to carefully navigate the conflicting demands of the right and left wing, as well as Ra’am, it may struggle to find much common ground beyond its determination to oust Mr Netanyahu.  

The coalition still needs to be approved by the Knesset in a vote next week, while Mr Netanyahu’s party is reportedly hoping to derail the process by persuading members to switch sides.

Read more: What next for Netanyahu?

Mr Bennett has acknowledged that compromises will need to be made on key policies.

“Everyone will have to postpone the realization of some of their dreams. We will focus on what can be done, instead of arguing over what is impossible,” he said in a speech earlier this week.

It came as the Israeli parliament elected a new president on Wednesday, Isaac Herzog, who will replace Reuven Rivlin in July and serve a seven-year term. 

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