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Netanyahu Sees Liberman As Key to Likud's Future

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu plans to strengthen his alliance and unification with Avigdor Liberman’s party.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman attend a session of the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem December 28, 2011. REUTERS/Baz Ratner (JERUSALEM - Tags: POLITICS) - RTR2VOT2
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It's fair to say Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is pining for his previous term.

He had it easier then. The coalition was homogeneous and submissive, and let him sit back in comfort without confronting him with tough challenges. His political allies were a group of yes-men, and all in all, life was good. Much has already been said about how difficult it is for Netanyahu to view his current partners, Finance Minister Yair Lapid and Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett, as people he can rely on (despite Lapid having recently been doing his utmost to prove to Netanyahu that he, like former defense minister Ehud Barak, can toe the line and be compliant without posing challenges).

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