Israel is about to end an era, after twelve years as prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to be replaced. This is celebrated by his opponents in front of his official residence in Jerusalem.
Before the expected replacement of the right-wing conservative Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, demonstrators celebrated in front of his official residence in Jerusalem. Critics of the outgoing head of government cheered and danced. On Saturday evening one of the signs read: “Bibi (Netanyahu’s nickname), this is your last Saturday in Balfour, start packing.” In front of the official headquarters on the corner of Balfour and Smolenskin streets, protests against the prime minister, against whom a corruption process is underway, had repeatedly occurred.
“Not the right time for demonstrations”
Prime Minister-designate Naftali Bennett of the far-right Jamina party criticized the recent rally on Sunday. “This is not the right time for demonstrations and provocations,” he said, according to his spokesman. Bennett called for Netanyahu and his family to be treated with respect.
The planned government of eight parties must pass a vote of confidence in parliament as the last hurdle before being sworn in on Sunday. The majority in the Knesset is wafer-thin with 61 out of 120 MPs.
With the swearing-in of a new cabinet, an era would come to an end in Israel: It would be the first time since 2009 that a government has been formed without Netanyahu. It is still unclear when the 71-year-old would leave his official seat if he were to be replaced. According to media reports, Bennett wants to stay with his family in his home in Raanana near Tel Aviv and use the official residence only for official meetings or in exceptional cases.