Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lambasted the power-sharing coalition in his first statements since the establishment of a governing coalition that looks likely to depose him.
On Wednesday, opposition legislators announced they had reached an agreement on a power-sharing agreement that would remove Netanyahu as prime minister, ushering in Israel’s first leadership transition in more than a decade.
The alliance would first replace Netanyahu with Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett, who would serve for two years before being replaced as prime minister by Yesh Atid Party leader Yair Lapid.
Thursday, Netanyahu called the conservative Bennett a traitor and his alliance with Lapid “dangerous,” according to Haaretz.
The anti-Netanyahu coalition includes eight parties from the left to the far right. For the first time, it also includes an Arab party, the United Arab List, in the governing coalition.
Netanyahu said “all Knesset members elected by right-wing votes” should oppose the new coalition and attempted to paint Bennett as a “sell-out.”
The Israeli security organisation Shin Bet has provided Bennett with full prime ministerial protection ahead of the next Knesset vote.
The partnership might put an end to Israel’s political uncertainty, which has seen multiple failed elections in the previous two years. Following the elections, neither Netanyahu nor his opponents were able to form a stable coalition government.
On Wednesday, Israeli lawmaker Isaac Herzog was named to succeed President Reuven Rivlin when he steps down next month. Herzog’s father served as Prime Minister of Israel from 1983 until 1993.