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CMEP Bulletin: Netanyahu in Trouble as Obama Visit Approaches

Written by Churches for Middle East Peace
February 25, 2013

With President Brack Obama expeted in Israel next month, Benjamin Netanyahu is having trouble forming a government to receive him. An unlikely alliance between Yair Lapid of the centerist Yesh Atid party and Naftali Bennett from the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party has made it almost impossible for the prime minister to form a new coalition. Netanyahu needs 61 votes to start a government and renew his term as prime minister. In the 20 days since President Shimon Peres appointed him to form a government, the only party he has successfully courted is Hatunah, led by Tzipi Livni. With her comes six seats and a lot of baggage to the coalition.

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