Breaking: New Israeli governnment coalition formed

Yair Lapid (left), Benjamin Netanyahu (center), and Naftali Bennett (right) appear to have formed new Israeli government.

Yair Lapid (left), Benjamin Netanyahu (center), and Naftali Bennett (right) appear to have formed new Israeli government.

“Six weeks of coalition talks drew toward a successful conclusion Wednesday evening, when the Likud finally conceded the Education Ministry to Yesh Atid’s Yair Lapid, and Lapid reportedly accepted the other terms of Likud’s compromise offer,” reports the Times of Israel. “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was set to meet with Lapid, Jewish Home leader Naftali Bennett and former foreign minister Avigdor Liberman to confirm the terms.”

“’This government will be good for Israel,’ Bennett said Wednesday night. The necessary legal documents were to be drawn up and signed Thursday, leaving Netanyahu free to formally inform President Shimon Peres on Saturday night — the final day of the six weeks allocated to him — that he has mustered a Knesset majority. The coalition will comprise four parties: Likud-Beytenu (31 seats), Yesh Atid (19), Jewish Home (12) and Hatnua (6), for a total of 68 members in the 120-seat Knesset. The outgoing government is set to hold a final meeting on Sunday, and the new government will be sworn in Monday — some 48 hours before the scheduled arrival of Barack Obama on his first presidential visit.'”

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