Israel: Netanyahu ‘good at creating havoc’ says expert
Dubbed “The King of Israel” during his 12-year tenure, Mr Netanyahu warned any return to the landmark agreement partly brokered by Barrack Obama would “threaten Israel’s existence”. On Sunday the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, voted 60-59 for a new coalition government and Naftali Bennett was sworn in as leader of the Jewish state.
After being ousted, Mr Netanyahu gave a rousing speech to politicians which was expected to last 15 minutes but ran for over an hour.
The centre-right politician, who was notoriously close of former American President Donald Trump, took a swipe at President Biden’s ambitions.
He told the Knesset: “The prime minister of Israel needs to be able to say no to the president of the United States on issues that threaten our existence.”
His comments were a direct slapdown to a request from Washington “not to discuss our disagreement on ran publicly”.
Netanyahu has taken a parting shot at Biden over his intention to revive the Iran nuclear deal
Netanyahu was dubbed the King of Israel
Since entering the Oval Office in January, President Biden has reiterated his intention to bring the US back into the international agreement.
His predecessor withdrew the country from the pact in 2018 and immediately reinstated crippling economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic over its nuclear ambitions.
After former President Obama announced the deal in July 2015, touting it as a win for the international community, Mr Netanyahu ripped his words apart.
He humiliated the former Democrat leader by calling it a “very bad deal” during a speech to lawmakers in the US Congress on Capitol Hill later that year.
Israel’s new PM Naftali Bennett
The last time Mr Netanyahu was unseated as Israel’s leader, in 1999, he ended his first term in office with a glass of wine in his hand and affable words of welcome to then-Labour party leader Ehud Barak, who defeated him at the polls.
Yossi Verter, a political affairs commentator, wrote in the left-leaning Haaretz newspaper, that he now appeared “sour, grumpy, not stately, Trump-like until the final moment”.
Topaz Luk, a senior aide to Mr Netanyahu, told Army Radio he was “filled with motivation to topple this dangerous government as quickly as possible”.
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Mr Luk declined to disclose Mr Netanyahu’s comeback strategy, pointing only to the new administration’s slim margin of support in parliament.
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Mr Bennett has previously worked in Mr Netanyahu’s cabinet and waited a long time to emerge from the prime minister’s shadow.
After toppling Mr Netanyahu, the leader of the Yamina party said he will take a similarly strong line on any return to the deal.
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Addressing parliament on Sunday, Mr Bennett put President Biden on notice that he would follow in his predecessor’s footsteps in opposing any efforts by the US to re-join the agreement.
Analysts have warned that the strength of Israel’s new coalition government, which is made up of eight parties, will be heavily tested and any weaknesses will quickly be exposed.
The agreement brokered by Yair Lapid united party leaders across the political spectrum in their desire to oust Mr Netanyahu.
After the coalition was announced, Israelis weary of repetitive elections took to the streets to celebrate.
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Loyal supporters of Prime Minister Netanyahu vowed to stand by him.
Under the new system, Mr Bennett will head the government until September 2023.
Mr Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, will then take over from him.