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

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. (Read more Benjamin Netanyahu stories.)

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