Roy Gilbert

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu May Be On His Way Out. What Happens Next?

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Israeli politicians say they’ve reached an agreement to form a new government that casts out Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu after 12 uninterrupted years in office. The deal, if finalized, would create a government of political opposites and for the first time include a party representing Arab citizens of Israel.

There remain several steps before Netanyahu’s opponents, including his former chief of staff Naftali Bennett, can claim victory in ousting Israel’s longest serving prime minister. A parliamentary vote of confidence must occur before the government is sworn in — a process that could happen next week at the earliest. The new coalition needs is a simple majority of the 120-seat Knesset, the Israeli parliament.

Netanyahu is still fighting to hold on to his power, however. He is expected to use the intervening time before a parliamentary vote to peel off opposition supporters. He only needs one or two.

Here’s a look at the players involved in the effort to take down Israel’s polarizing leader and how the new eight-faction coalition plans to lead:

Who’s who?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Netanyahu is the hard line head of the Likud party and the nation’s longest-serving prime minister. Throughout his tenure he has aggressively pursued the expansion of Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank and opposed creation of a Palestinian state.The 71-year-old was first elected in the late 1990s and again in 2009. Four inconclusive elections in the past two years have failed to dislodge him. He is currently on trial on corruption […]