President Joe Biden on Sunday congratulated Israel's incoming Prime Minister Naftali Bennett after Israel's parliament voted to approve a new government, effectively ending Benjamin Netanyahu's historic 12 years in office.
Bennett, a tech millionaire and former special forces commander, was sworn in at the helm of an ideologically divided eight-party bloc united only by disdain for the country's longest-serving prime minister.
In his address to parliament, a combative Netanyahu said: "If we are destined to go into the opposition, we will do so with our heads held high until we can topple it".
But the 71-year-old Mr Netanyahu made clear he has no intention of exiting the political stage.
Thousands of people, many waving Israeli flags, gathered in central Tel Aviv's Rabin Square to celebrate. Naftali Bennet's coalition government survived-barely-a confidence vote Sunday, the New York Times reports. Coalition leaders have said it would pass a two-year budget to help stabilise the country's finances and maintain a "status quo" on issues of religion and state. His ongoing corruption trial - on charges he denies - has only deepened the chasm.
"Israel will not allow Iran to arm itself with nuclear weapons".
Mr Trump, whose populist rants against the establishment were lifted straight from the Netanyahu playbook, quickly became his closest ally.
The diverse anti-Netanyahu bloc was cobbled together by the secular centrist Yair Lapid, a former TV presenter, and includes right-wing and left-wing groups as well as Arab-Israeli lawmakers.
It spans the political spectrum, including three right-wing, two centrist and two left-wing parties, along with an Arab Islamic conservative party.
"A morning of change", promised a Sunday tweet by Lapid, who would serve as foreign minister under the coalition deal before taking over the premiership in 2023, provided the wobbly alliance survives that long. No one was able to cobble together a Knesset majority after the first two contests, and the third produced an unwieldy right-center coalition that collapsed after months in recriminations.
Bennett spoke before Netanyahu, but as he was trying to present his platform, allies of Netanyahu continuously interrupted him with shouts of "liar" and "fraud".
"When PM Netanyahu speaks about "election fraud" he isn't referring to the vote counting process in Israel in which he has complete confidence".
Sunday's vote comes at a time of heightened tensions in the Israel-Palestinian conflict, which has grown more bitter in the Netanyahu years, in part due to the expansion of settlements considered illegal under global law in the occupied West Bank.
Right-wing Israelis are also angered over last week's postponement of a controversial Jewish nationalist march through flashpoint areas of east Jerusalem.
He also said he'd rejected USA demands to freeze settlement construction and opposed Biden's plan to reopen the US consulate in Jerusalem, which handled relations with the Palestinians before being shut down by Donald Trump.
"The form the Israeli government takes doesn't change the nature of our relationship", said the group's spokesman Fawzi Barhoum. "Its still a colonising and occupying power that we must resist".