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Wide coalition ramps up negotiations on Israel's next government

As Yair Lapid takes the wheel, the coalition negotiations to create a broad-based government have been underway for weeks.
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Minutes after President Reuven Rivlin tasked Yesh Atid chair Yair Lapid with forming Israel’s next government on May 5, his ally Avigdor Liberman, head of Yisrael Beitenu, tweeted an optimistic assessment of the prospects of unseating Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

“I welcome the president’s speed in making the right decision by handing the mandate to Yair Lapid. It is now up to us, the party leaders in the bloc of change. As one well acquainted with their positions, I can reassure Israelis that a stable government can be presented as soon as next week,” Liberman tweeted. He ended his message with the immortal exhortation of Benjamin Herzl, the visionary founder of modern-day Zionism, “If you will it, it is no dream.”

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