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Israeli Knesset votes in new coalition, shifting Netanyahu into the opposition

"If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way," Netanyahu said earlier on Sunday.

Updated: June 13, 2021 - 2:25pm

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The Israeli parliament on Sunday voted for a new coalition government, shifting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu into the opposition on the heels of a dozen years serving as prime minister.

Naftali Bennett was sworn in as the new prime minister following a tight 60-59 vote in the nation's parliament. If the government continues for two years, Yair Lapid will then assume the prime ministership, according to the Associated Press.

"If it is destined for us to be in the opposition, we will do it with our backs straight until we topple this dangerous government and return to lead the country in our way," Netanyahu said earlier on Sunday prior to the vote, according to the Associated Press

Netanyahu had served as prime minister for 15 years in all, more than any other Israeli prime minister.