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Israel’s Netanyahu Says He Has Formed New Government

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FILE - Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli Prime Minister and the head of Likud party, speaks to his supporters after first exit poll results for the Israeli Parliamentary election at his party's headquarters in Jerusalem on Nov. 2, 2022. Netanyahu announced late Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2022, that he has successfully formed a new coalition, setting the stage for him to return to power as head of the most right-wing Israeli government ever. (AP Photo/Oren Ziv, File)

(AP) — Designated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he has successfully formed a new coalition to govern Israel. The announcement late Wednesday sets the stage for him to return to power as head of the country’s most right-wing government in history.

The announcement, just ahead of a midnight deadline, came after weeks of surprisingly difficult negotiations with his partners. Netanyahu says he expects to wrap up power-sharing deals with his partners by next week. Even if he is successful, Netanyahu faces a difficult task ahead. He will preside over a coalition dominated by far-right and ultra-Orthodox partners that could alienate large swaths of the Israeli public, spark conflict with the Palestinians and put Israel on a collision course with its closest allies.

 

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