For the first time since 2006, a candidate not named Netanyahu has succeeded in cobbling together a governing coalition. This new coalition will be led by Naftali Bennett, a hard-right Israeli annexationist who rose in the political ranks through the support of the Israeli settler movement and religious nationalists.
While the March parliamentary election in Israel has excluded Netanyahu from the new coalition, it has also produced the most right-wing Israeli parliament ever. As the Israeli journalist Haggai Matar wrote, “around 101 of 120 Knesset seats are held by a political camp explicitly dedicated to Jewish supremacy.” Netanyahu’s Likud party, the largest by far, sits in opposition now, even as the far-right Bennett prepares to lead the government. In fact, this was the last of several elections aimed at replacing Netanyahu.
Read this op-ed in The Washington Post