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Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's prime minister, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12 years in office

On Sunday, the Knesset voted to approve a new government, ending the 12-year run of now-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Naftali Bennett sworn in as Israel's prime minister, ending Benjamin Netanyahu's record 12 years in office
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On Sunday, the Knesset voted to approve a new government, ending the 12-year run of now-former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the new government, passed by the Knesset just before 9 p. m., will be formed by Yamina leader Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid. The new government passed with the support of 60 MKs, with 59 opposing. MK Saeed Alharomi abstained from voting.

Bennett was sworn in as the country's 13th Prime Minister, and Lapid the 14th.

While starting his first speech introducing the new government, Religious Zionist Party head Bezalel Smotrich and other MKs shouted, "Shame," while waving posters of victims of terrorism. They were removed from the plenum, the Jerusalem Post reported.

"I am proud that I can sit in a government with people with very different views," Bennett said in reference to the hecklers.

"The loud tone of the screams is the same as the failure to govern during your term in office," Bennett told Likud MKs.

"This is not a day of mourning," Bennett continued. "There is no disengagement here. There is no harm being caused to anyone. There is a change of government in a democracy. That's it. And I assure it is a government that will work for the sake of all the people."

In the beginning of his address, Bennett praised Netanyahu for his hard work for the State of Israel, and thanked Netanyahu's wife, Sara, for her dedication.

Bennett and Netanyahu shook hands following Bennett's swearing in, but according to the Jerusalem Post, when Bennett passed by Netanyahu's new chair following his swearing in, Netanyahu declined to take his hand again.

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