Israel's parliament has narrowly voted in favour of a new coalition government, ending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's historic 12-year rule. Serving in his first term as prime minister in the 1990s and winning four more terms in succession since 2009, he has been a polarising figure, both overseas and at home.
He also thanked President Joe Biden, for standing alongside Israel during the last operation in Gaza and for his longstanding commitment to the security of Israel: "My government will make an effort to deepen and nurture relations with our friends in both parties - bipartisan". Thereafter, he will hand over leadership responsibilities to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid.
"This is the hour that the burden of leading the nation and the country passes, as in a relay race, to the next generation", Bennett, a high-tech millionaire, said over the unrelenting heckling of Netanyahu's allies as he addressed the plenum before the vote.
On Saturday night, around 2,000 protesters rallied outside his official residence, waving "Bye Bye Bibi" signs and celebrating what they hope will be his departure from office.
Netanyahu, speaking after him, vowed to return to power.
Head of Oposition Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett gesture following the vote on the new coalition at the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem.
Mr Bennett, 49, is a former chief of staff to Mr Netanyahu whose small party is popular with religious Jews and West Bank settlers.
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Netanyahu remains head of the Likud party and will hold the post of opposition leader. It spans the political spectrum, including three right-wing, two centrist and two left-wing parties, along with an Arab Islamic conservative party.
The improbable alliance emerged weeks after an 11-day war between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist group that rules the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, and following inter-communal violence in Israeli cities with significant Arab populations.
Bennett will serve as prime minister for two years before Lapid takes over. He predicted the incoming government would be weak on Iran and give in to US demands to make concessions to the Palestinians. Once again, however, Netanyahu could not cobble together a governing coalition with a majority of the 120 members of Knesset.
Sunday's vote comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which has grown more bitter in the Netanyahu years, in part due to the expansion of settlements considered illegal under worldwide law in the occupied West Bank.
Right-wing Israelis are also angered over last week's postponement of a controversial Jewish nationalist march through flashpoint areas of east Jerusalem.
Palestinians were unmoved by the change of administration, predicting that Bennett would pursue the same right-wing agenda as Netanyahu.
"The form the Israeli government takes doesn't change the nature of our relationship", said the group's spokesman Fawzi Barhoum.