Israel’s Netanyahu forms governing coalition
31 December 2022 | 11:29 am
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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