Israel: Opposition lawmakers say they’re ready for parliamentary vote to replace Netanyahu

Source: Washington Post

“A diverse group of opposition lawmakers notified Israeli President Reuven Rivlin on Wednesday that they have agreed on the terms of a power-sharing government that would replace Benjamin Netanyahu as prime minister for the first time in 12 years. The step sets up a vote on the arrangement by Israel’s full parliament, probably within a week to 12 days. Former defense minister Naftali Bennett would replace Netanyahu, his former mentor, as prime minister for a term of two years, according to the official notification. After that, centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid would take the top spot. … The parliamentary vote will be scheduled by Speaker Yariv Levin, a member of Netanyahu’s Likud party. Levin is expected to delay the process until the last moment to give his faction more time to exploit tensions within the fledgling coalition and derail the deal.” (06/02/21)