Knesset meets to approve new government, end Netanyahu term

Israel’s Knesset, or parliament, has convened for a vote that is expected to end the historic 12-year rule of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The parliament is to hold a debate ahead of a vote of confidence for a new coalition government formed by a collection of Netanyahu’s opponents. If the coalition is approved, Naftali Bennett, a former ally turned rival of Netanyahu, would become prime minister over a disparate coalition of parties from the political right, left and center. Netanyahu is slated to become the opposition leader. Bennett is expected to stress the need for close relations with the U.S. But he also is expected to echo the outgoing prime minister’s opposition to restoring the international nuclear deal with Iran.