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Israel reaches deal on forming new coalition

Israel reaches deal on forming new coalition

Jerusalem: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached a deal to form a new ruling coalition, Israeli media reported on Thursday.

Netanyahu's rightwing Likud-Beitenu union will form a coalition with the centrist Yesh Atid (Future) party and the rightwing Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) party led by Naftali Bennett, the reports said.

At the talks, Netanyahu reportedly caved in to Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid's demand that his party takes the post of education minister in the new government.

According to a line-up of the 22-member cabinet published by Israeli media, Netanyahu will be prime minister and concurrently foreign minister, Moshe Ya'alon of the Likud defence minister, Yair Lapid finance minister, and Naftali Bennett economy and trade minister.

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