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Asia takes stock of Israel PM Bennett after 12 years of Netanyahu

No big foreign policy shift expected as Modi and others send congratulations

New Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, right, confers with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid -- who is to become leader in 2023 -- during their first cabinet meeting on June 13.   © Reuters

TOKYO -- Asia woke up on Monday to find that a fixture of international politics, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, had been ousted from power after a 12-year run.

Following four elections since 2019, an awkward coalition of right-wingers, liberals and an Islamist Arab party finally cobbled together a razor-thin advantage in the Knesset, Israel's parliament. Naftali Bennett, a 49-year-old nationalist and tech millionaire who has described himself as "more right-wing" than Netanyahu, was voted into the prime minister's office by a 60-59 margin.

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