Netanyahu Lands Deal for New Coalition

His Likud party joins centrist, far-right groups: reports

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 14, 2013 2:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Nearly two months after Israel's Jan. 22 parliamentary election, PM Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived at a coalition-government deal, party officials say. "There is a government," says a rep for Netanyahu's Likud party. It involves the right-wing party joining forces with the centrist Yesh Atid party, the far-right Jewish Home party, and a small party headed by ex-foreign minister Tzipi Livni, Reuters reports. The three leading parties are likely to meet today to sign a deal, a Yesh Atid rep says, per the AP. The government could be up and running next week.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, Sunday, March 10, 2013.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, Sunday, March 10, 2013.   (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)
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