Israeli Bennett hands Premiership to Foreign Minister Rapid and does not ask for reelection


Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett has issued a statement to the media informing reporters that he will not run for Israel’s next election in Knesset, the Israeli parliament, held in Jerusalem on June 29, 2022. REUTERS / Ronen Zvulun

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett handed over the Israeli Prime Minister to Foreign Minister Yair Lapid on Thursday after voting in favor of the dissolution of Parliament (Knesset).

The dissolution of Knesset paved the way for Israel’s fifth election on November 1, following the collapse of Bennett’s ruling coalition.

With his wife, Bennett and Rapid reduced the delivery ceremony at the Prime Minister’s Office in Jerusalem.

Bennett fell in the middle of the night and was replaced by his coalition partner Rapid. Rapid will lead the government in a fierce election campaign with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former Army troops and technical millionaire Bennett will not run for elections. In a statement late Wednesday, he said his government had left a “prosperous, strong and safe country” and showed that political parties from different ends of the political spectrum could work together.

Netanyahu vowed to return to power about a year ago as leader of the right-wing Likud party, exiled by an unlikely coalition of parties from both Bennett’s right and left and Israeli Arab minorities. rice field.

Opinion polls now show that Likud is the strongest party, but no clear winner from the elections has been shown, and Israel faces months of political uncertainty.

Associated Press