Yair Lapid told the Israeli leader that he could form a coalition government to end Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12 -year rule.
Israeli opposition leader Yair Lapid has been informed by the president that he could form a coalition government, a move that would end 12 years in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule.
Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid party, is tasked with forming a government by President Reuven Rivlin after Netanyahu also failed to unite in his own coalition following Israel fourth unconvinced choice less than two years.
In a statement on Twitter on Wednesday, Lapid said he had informed Rivlin of the deal. “This government will work for all Israeli citizens, those who voted for it and those who did not. It will do everything to unite Israeli society,” he said in a statement issued before the hour of midnight (21:00 GMT).
Thank you @yairlapid and to the heads of the parties with your consent to form a government. We hope that the Knesset will convene as soon as possible to strengthen the government, as needed.
– Reuven Rivlin (@PresidentRuvi) June 2, 2021
Lapid, a former TV presenter and a secular centrist, has won significant support from hardline religious-nationalist Naftali Bennett, a tech multi-millionaire who holds numerous government portfolios including the department of defense, on Sunday.
Under the coalition agreement, Bennett and Lapid will change the role of prime minister, with Bennett serving the first two years and Lapid the last two.
The agreement has yet to be voted on by the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, where it needs the support of a majority before the government is sworn in.
Israel’s latest political drama adds to the plight of Netanyahu, who is being tried on criminal charges of fraud, bribery and breach of trust while in office – accusations he denies.
After losing his job as prime minister, he will not be able to pursue changes in the constitution that could give him resistance and lose control of some nominations in the ministry of justice.
Netanyahu’s Back was the winner of the most seats in the March 23 election, but he failed to form a majority with his natural allies. Crucially, Bennett’s right -wing party – an ally of Netanyahu – refused to join the force the United Arab List, a party that has emerged as a creator of diversity.
Lapid’s Yid Atid party and Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White said in a joint statement that they “agree on government outlines and key issues related to strengthening democracy and society. in Israel “.
Gantz will remain defense minister in the new cabinet, according to the parties.
Negotiations have also been reached with left -wing Meretz and the left Labor party as well as the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu party of the defense minister, a Lapid spokesman said.
The United Arab List was also approved to join the coalition. If the government is formed, it will be the first time in Israel’s history that an independent Arab party will be a member of the government.
Netanyahu, in power for the past 12 years, seeks to undermine Bennett and other rights negotiated with Lapid, saying Israel’s security is at stake.