Tel Aviv, Israel — Benjamin Netanyahu was ousted from his position as Israel’s prime minister last night as Naftali Bennet defeated him by just one vote, 60-59, in the nation’s parliament.
Netanyahu is the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history taking the spot on two separate occasions, from 1996 to 1999 and from 2009 to 2021.
Bennet was sworn in and spoke to the Israeli parliament where he focused on domestic policy issues, but he, like Netanyahu, opposed a Palestinian state and vowed to continue fighting a nuclear armed Iran.
“Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons. Israel will not be a party to the agreement and will continue to preserve full freedom of action.”
Netanyahu has consistently been unable to form a coalition government over the last two year as he has faced corruption charges, and his wife, Sara, was convicted last year of misuse of public funds. He will face criminal charges now that he’s lost immunity granted to the PM’s office.
Outside of the corruption charges, Netanyahu has been one of the most authoritarian head of state since COVID-19 lockdowns began around the world last year. He’s gone as far as suggesting microchipping Israeli’s to make sure they practice social distancing in comments he made last May.
“There would be a sensor that warns children, all people, but starting with children, like a vehicle whereby if you get to close to it, it makes noise,” Netanyahu said. “A buzzer if you will. I don’t know if it’s possible but they’re looking into it. They’re trying it.”
Netanyahu, back in December when experimental COVID-19 vaccines were first being rolled out, told Israeli’s they would need to submit to the vaccine to have freedom, and he pushed for a new law requiring personal information be shared for anyone who refuses the shot.
Evidence has come out of Israel showing the vaccines were causing more harm than the virus, and Israel has seen large numbers of deaths reported from the vaccines. This has led to a lawsuit against the Israeli government from citizens opposed to mandatory vaccinations.
Netanyahu has enjoyed large support from American conservatives, largely from the Christian right, despite his government being hostile to practicing Christianity as well as American taxpayers subsidizing, through foreign aid, Israel’s socialist so-called “universal” healthcare and abortion on demand.
Israel had long funded abortions, no questions asked, for anyone under 20 or over 40, and its law went even further under Netanyahu adding free abortions for those between 20 and 33 years old to the list in 2015.
Earlier this year, a Christian missionary was arrested for handing out a Gospel tract. Israel’s penal code “forbids a person to entice another to change his or her religion in exchange for material benefits,” and it “forbids persuading or encouraging a minor (under the age of 18) to change his or her religion.”
Last year, Israel cancelled the license for God TV, an evangelical Christian channel, simply for “seeking to proselytize in Israel,” according to the Jerusalem Post.
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