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Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals pledge to form new government within a week
Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals called him “dangerous and disturbed” as opposition leader Yair Lapid vowed to remove the Israeli prime minister from power and swear to a new government within a week. In a speech on Monday, Mr. Lapid, the leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party, confirmed that an agreement had almost been reached on the formation of a multi-party coalition to replace Mr. Netanyahu, Israel’s longest-serving prime minister. . “We can finish this next week. In a week, the State of Israel may be in a new era with a new prime minister, ”said Mr. Lapid. It came after Naftali Bennett, a prominent right-winger, gave his support to the plans of the anti-Netanyahu coalition, in which he would initially serve as prime minister before touring with Mr Lapid. If the coalition is sworn in, it could spell the end of the Netanyahu dynasty, which has dominated Israeli politics for more than a decade. It would also be an extraordinary rise to power for Mr Bennett, who, despite winning just seven seats in the election last March, is now Israel’s next prime minister. Mr Bennett, a 49-year-old former special forces commando, is a former protégé of Mr Netanyahu but claims to be “more to the right” than him and has warned that a “unity” government is the only way to go. avoid a fifth election. Find out more: Naftali Bennett, the right-wing winger who speaks harshly and prepares to oust Benjamin Netanyahu. Blue and White faction leader Benny Gantz sought to downplay reports of an impending new government on Monday by warning that “gaps and disagreements” persist in the talks. Mr Gantz would refuse his support unless his party takes control of the agriculture ministry, prompting a right-wing leader to accuse him of trying to sabotage the coalition. “I wonder if his holy war for the agriculture portfolio is an excuse to dismantle the change bloc,” said Avigdor Liberman, the head of Yisrael Beiteinu, who is also competing for control of the ministry of Agriculture. Mr Liberman, a former ally of Netanyahu, described the besieged prime minister as “mentally unstable”, citing a Sunday speech where he compared the attempts to oust him with the dictatorship in Syria. Mr. Netanyahu also accused Mr. Bennett in his speech of committing the “fraud of the century” by trying to support a “leftist government”. Mr Lapid also suggested that Mr Netanyahu was losing his grip on reality, calling his combative speech against the coalition “dangerous and deranged”.