Graphic shows time in office of Israeli prime ministers.


نتنياهو أمام نهاية مسيرته القياسية

By Jordi Bou

June 1, 2021 - رئيس الوزراء الإسرائيلي الأطول خدمة، بنيامين نتنياهو، يواجه تهديداً قوياً لقبضته على السلطة في الوقت الذي يعمل فيه قادة المعارضة على تشكيل حكومة ائتلافية

Naftali Bennett, head of the small, hard-line nationalist Yamina party, has said he would form a coalition with the centrist opposition leader Yair Lapid.

Bennett and Lapid have until Wednesday to hammer out a deal in which the pair split the premiership — with Bennett serving the first two years and Lapid the following two.

If Lapid and his allies, which range from hard-line nationalists to liberal Zionists and a small Islamist party, can overcome their differences and seal a deal, it would spell the end of Netanyahu's rule, for the time being.

Netanyahu, who faces serious corruption charges and could go to jail, fell short of a decisive majority at a general election in March. It was the country’s fourth inconclusive vote in two years - and again he failed to secure coalition allies.

Netanyahu became Israel’s longest-serving prime minister in 2019, surpassing the record set by the country’s founding father, David Ben-Gurion.

PUBLISHED: 01/06/2021; STORY: Graphic News; PICTURES: AP, Newscom, Getty Images, The White House