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Israeli Opposition Parties Nearing Deal to End Netanyahu’s 12-Year Reign as Prime Minister

HeadlineJun 01, 2021

Israeli opposition parties are nearing agreement on a governing coalition that would bring an end to Benjamin Netanyahu’s 12-year term as prime minister. On Sunday, Netanyahu’s chief rival, Yair Lapid, said he would work to form a national unity government with ultra-nationalist leader Naftali Bennett.

The news came as Netanyahu hosted Egypt’s spy chief in Jerusalem for talks on cementing a May 21 ceasefire that capped Israel’s 11-day assault on the Gaza Strip. The bombardment killed 256 Palestinians, including 66 children, and displaced more than 70,000 Gazans. 

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