BENJAMIN Netanyahu’s 12-year tenure as Israel’s prime minister is on the cusp of ending after eight opposition parties formed a coalition.
The controversial leader looks set to be dramatically ousted by an unlikely group aiming to break a period of unprecedented political deadlock that saw four elections in two years.
The seismic political development comes in the tense aftermath of an 11-day war between Israel and Palestine after clashes in Jerusalem sparked a bombing blitz that killed more than 250 people.
The "change coalition" will see Yamina party leader and nationalist hardliner Naftali Bennett serving as prime minister first before handing over to Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist Yesh Atid party.
Lapid announced the political take-down on Wednesday night.
Netanyahu defiantly condemned the alliance against him as "the fraud of the century" last Sunday, warning that it would result in "a left-wing government dangerous to the state of Israel".
But he has yet to comment on the coalition deal.
In a statement, Mr Lapid said he had informed President Reuven Rivlin of the agreement.
"I pledge that this government will work in the service of all Israeli citizens, those who voted for it and those who did not," he said.
"It will respect its opponents and do everything in its power to unite and connect all parts of Israeli society."
Mr Lapid said he would head the government alongside Mr Bennett, who he would replace as prime minister on August 27 2023.
But the deal isn't yet sealed.
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the brink after EIGHT opposition parties form coalition to end 12-year reign
Israelis celebrating the announcement.
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