Israel: Netanyahu rival agrees to join coalition to unseat him
02 June 2021 | 8:59 am
Naftali Bennett took a major step toward ending the 12-year rule of Benjamin Netanyahu, announcing that he would try to form a unity government with his opponents.
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Designated Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced late Wednesday 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.
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has pledged a "strong, swift and precise" response following deadly attacks in Jerusalem. The Israeli military also sent more troops into the West Bank.
The US secretary of state strongly condemned recent attacks by Palestinian gunmen in east Jerusalem, but also urged restraint from Israelis in their response.
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