It’s the end of an era, as today, longtime U.S. and conservative ally Benjamin Netanyahu ceded the prime ministerial role he’s held in the Israeli Parliament since 2009.
Earlier, at our sister site Townhall.com, Rebecca Downs shared the news of his ouster.
On Sunday, Benjamin Netanyahu’s tenure as Israeli’s prime minister came to an end after 12 years, making him the longest-serving prime minister.
Although a coalition had been forming for some time now, on Sunday it became official when parliament voted in favor of this “government of change” led by nationalist Naftali Bennett, a 49-year old former defense minister.
Her piece also pointed to Axios reporting on how (as they put it, “hours before a vote to oust him”) Netanyahu used his final speech as prime minister to strike at the Biden Administration’s — and, by extension, Bennett’s — weak-kneed approach to Iran. It’s the no-holds-barred, not at all diminished Benjamin Netanyahu whom conservatives are very familiar with: (emphasis original)
Then Netanyahu rose to speak. He accused Bennett of being weak and untrustworthy (noting that he’d broken a campaign pledge by forming a government with Lapid), and said his protege-turned-rival would refuse to stand up to Biden on Iran.
Netanyahu claimed that the Biden administration had asked him to keep their disagreements on Iran private, but that he refused to do so, valuing his hard line on Iran over smooth relations with the U.S. Netanyahu positioned himself as the only man standing between Iran and an arsenal of nuclear weapons, and claimed Iranians were celebrating his departure. He also compared Biden’s Iran policy to the refusal of the U.S. to bomb the Auschwitz concentration camp in 1944. He also said he’d rejected U.S. demands to freeze settlement construction and opposed Biden’s plan to reopen the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem, which handled relations with the Palestinians before being shut down by Donald Trump. Again, he claimed Bennett lacked the stature or credibility to take similar stands.
The New York Times reported on Netanyahu’s 35 minutes of remarks, in which he said, in part:
“Try to damage as little
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