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Can Naftali Bennett handle Netanyahu's legacy?

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Israel has a new prime minister for the first time since 2009. That's when Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu took office for the second time. It was not easy for him to leave office yesterday, as he faces indictments for fraud and corruption. In his final speech as prime minister in the Knesset, he said he will work tirelessly to undermine the new government. "We will be back soon," he declared defiantly.

The new government is being led for its first two years by Naftali Bennett, the head of the far-right Yamina Party. It is arguably the strangest government in Israeli history. Bennett leads the smallest party in the coalition, with only seven seats in the Knesset. One of his MKs, Amichai Chikli, actually voted against him in the parliamentary vote of confidence. The government coalition includes Yamina, New Hope and Yisrael Beiteinu from the right and far-right; Yesh Atid and Blue and White from the nominal centre; and Labour and Meretz from the left; plus Ra'am, an Arab party with an Islamic background.

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On his Knesset debut as prime minister, Bennett pledged that his government will solve the major problems facing the occupation state of Israel. However, the strong opposition and "negative diversity" of the government are likely to make it very difficult to fulfil his pledges. Moreover, he has inherited a raft of very difficult problems from Netanyahu, some of which were created intentionally to test the new government.

The opposition started even before the........

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