Perspectives: Netanyahu Ousted as Israel's Prime Minister

Headline Roundup June 14th, 2021

Israel’s parliament voted in a new coalition government on Sunday, ousting former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 years under his leadership. Netanyahu was replaced by Naftali Bennett, a former tech entrepreneur and Netanyahu aide who is considered more right-leaning than his predecessor. Bennett is expected to focus on domestic issues before he cedes power in two years to Yair Lapid, a centrist who was appointed by Israeli President Reuven Rivlin in May to organize the new coalition. Netanyahu gave his final speech on Monday, vowing to return to power and criticizing the Biden administration’s attempt to revive the Iran nuclear deal

Voices in right-rated outlets tended to speak more favorably of Netanyahu, with one writer calling him “transformative.” Voices in left-rated outlets tended to be more critical, describing Netanyahu as “polarizing” and even “unhinged.” Voices on all sides agreed on Netanyahu's significance but disagreed on whether the new coalition government would succeed. 

From the Left
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ANALYSIS

Israel’s longest-serving prime minister was a polarizing figure who sidelined efforts to resolve the Palestinian conflict but opened relations with four Arab countries.

He came to power like some conqueror from a distant land called Philadelphia.

Educated in the United States, speaking flawless East Coast English, warning in pungent sound bites about the threats posed by Islamic terrorism and a nuclear Iran, the Benjamin Netanyahu who stormed into Israeli politics in the 1990s was like no other politician the country had seen.

Before long, he would capture the prime minister’s office, lose...

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From the Center
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OPINION

Anew Israeli government has been sworn in. This new government does not include former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu or his Likud Party, which has ruled Israel with few exceptions for the last 44 years. And both Bibi's supporters and his opponents will need to adjust to a whole new world in which, to paraphrase President Richard Nixon, they won't have Netanyahu to kick around anymore.

The question remains as to how long this new world will exist. Many pundits predict a quick demise of the new government. The ideological differences within this...

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From the Right
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OPINION

Benjamin Netanyahu showed the opposite of grace as he exited from power on Sunday. If you want to evaluate his legacy on the basis of his final day in office, you will mark him down as one of history’s sorest losers. 

History will likely tell a very different story, one that cites Netanyahu’s time in office from 2009 onward as a hinge moment in history itself — as a period during which Israel moved beyond the existential drama of its first 60 years and established itself as an enduring, undeniable and formidable permanent...

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