Bennett quits politics, Shaked to head Yamina

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Israeli prime minister Naftali Bennett holds a press conference at the Israeli parliament, announcing he will not be running in the next elections. June 29, 2022. Photo by Olivier Fitoussi/FLASH90 *** Local Caption *** ???? ??? ?????? ????? ???

Ayelet Shaked has said she would be open to joining Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in forming a right-wing government.

 Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett announced on Wednesday he would not run in the upcoming election.

Bennett would still be an alternate prime minister after Yair Lapid takes over as prime minister.

“The State of Israel is the love of my life. Serving it is my calling,” he said.

Long-time political partner Ayelet Shaked will replace Bennett as the head of Yamina. She has said she would be open to joining Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in forming a right-wing government.

Israeli TV Channel N12’s poll predicted that Yamina would get five seats if led by Shaked.

 

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