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Israel’s Lapid Reaches Deal to Form New Government, Set to Unseat Netanyahu

JERUSALEM—Israel’s opposition leader moved closer to unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday when he officially informed the country’s president that he has reached agreements with political allies to form a new government. About 30 minutes before a midnight deadline, Yair Lapid, according to a party statement, told President Reuven Rivlin in an email: “I am honored to inform you that I have succeeded in forming a government.” Rivlin, attending Israel’s soccer cup final at the time, congratulated Lapid by phone, according to his office. Lapid’s main partner is Naftali Bennett, who would serve as premier first under a rotation between the two men with Lapid taking over after about two years. Their coalition government would comprise a patchwork of small and medium parties from across the political spectrum, including for the first time in Israel’s history a party that represents Israel’s 21 percent Arab minority. But the new government, …

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