AVENTURA, Fla. – Benjamin Netanyahu’s historic 12-year rule as prime minister of Israel has ended.
Cheers erupted among lawmakers Sunday as Naftali Bennett won a crucial vote of confidence. His historic victory came down to a single vote, 60 to 59, effectively sending the country’s longest serving leader out of office and into the opposition.
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Within minutes, Bennett was sworn in as Israel’s new prime minister.
Sen. Rick Scott said in a Tweet that he was “grateful for (Netanyahu’s) partnership, which has only strengthened U.S./Israel relations.”
I’ve had the privilege of meeting with @Netanyahu numerous times & am grateful for his partnership, which has only strengthened U.S./Israel relations. I look forward to working with the Bennett administration & will keep fighting to support Israel in the U.S. Senate. https://t.co/Wf781LZ0yT— Rick Scott (@SenRickScott) June 13, 2021
Netanyahu has been a polarizing leader during his tenure, and he is already promising a political comeback.
For now, it’s a former ally turned rival who will be presiding over parliament.
Rep. Ted Deutch offered a string of Tweets, with one stating, “I remain deeply committed to US-Israel relationship & advancing peace & regional cooperation.”
Congratulations to the people of Israel on the formation of a new coalition government, made up of a broad range of parties and representing many different views and communities. This diverse coalition is a testament to the resilience & vibrancy of Israel’s democratic system 1/4— Rep. Ted Deutch (@RepTedDeutch) June 13, 2021
As for Netanyahu, his 12 years as a leader was rocky, most recently, during the escalating tensions between Israel and Palestine.
The 71-year-old, who is also facing a corruption trial, told supporters who witnessed him being ousted from office, “We’ll be back soon.”