The President of the Israeli Parliament, Yariv Levin, announced on Tuesday that the vote on the ratification of the new government will take place on Sunday during the day in which the mandate of Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been Prime Minister since 2009, will take place.
Opposition leader Yesh Atid, Yair Lapid, has stressed that “it is happening” and applauded that a date had been set for the vote on the coalition that managed to move to Netanyahu after receiving the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin. could not come to an agreement with the parties.
Lapid underlined through a message on his account on the social network Twitter that “the coalition agreements will be enshrined in law” and that “the unity government will be established for the benefit of the citizens of the State of Israel”.
A vote is also due to take place on Sunday to replace Levin from Netanyahu’s Likud as Knesset chairman. The Lapid-led coalition has nominated Mickey Levy, former Jerusalem police chief and Yesh Atid MP.
The petition to replace Levin was tabled last week amid fears that he would postpone the voting date while the Likud seeks to tear down the coalition agreement and get the current prime minister to stay in office.
Netanyahu himself on Sunday harshly indicted the intergovernmental agreement reached by Lapid – which Yamina’s leader Naftali Bennett will have as prime minister in a rotating agreement – which he described as “a government of surrender” sympathizing with the “terrorism” he promised to dismantle as soon as possible.
The coalition put together by Lapid, which reached an agreement hours before the deadline, will eventually consist of a colorful amalgam of parties such as Blue and White, the Labor Party, Yisrael Beiteinu, Meretz and New Hope alongside Yesh Atid, Yamina and the Common Arabic list.
The coalition was announced after Joint Arab List leader Mansur Abbas endorsed it late Wednesday. This made the formation the first Arab-Israeli party to sign an agreement to form a government in Israel.