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Israel’s government faces survival test with settlement bill

Announcing that the renewal of regulations on Israeli civil law in West Bank settlements is a test for the coalition's viability, Justice Minister Gideon Saar pushes his own government into a dangerous political spiral.

It should come as no surprise that the coalition is about to face another tense week. The current crisis, however, could result in the collapse of the government as early as next week.

At the center of the latest crisis is Justice Minister Gideon Saar, chair of the New Hope party. Until recently, Saar has been viewed as a moderate, capable of maintaining the delicate balance in the shaky coalition. His coalition partners are not so sure now that this is still the case.

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