Israel’s new coalition is in power at last, having won a confidence motion by a single vote in the 120-member parliament, the Knesset. The split was 60 to 59, with one member of the United Arab List abstaining.

So much for the facts and figures. All the headlines today are about the end of the reign of Benjamin Netanyahu in a straight run of 12 years as prime minister, plus three more in a term in the 1990s.

Four of the principals in the new coalition are former allies of the outgoing prime minister, and have been careful to praise his achievements. Under his leadership Israel saw unprecedented prosperity, has navigated the Covid crisis as well as any up to now, and better than most, and juggled with the growing menace of Iran and its subordinates across the region.