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Netanyahu Faces Big Obstacles Forming a New Israeli Government

Sep 26, 2019 | 13:59 GMT
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin meets with members of the Arab-dominated Joint List party in Jerusalem on Sept. 22, 2019.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, shown here meeting with members of the Arab-dominated Joint List party in Jerusalem on Sept. 22, has handed current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu the task of forming a coalition government after elections this month left a divided parliament.

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Israeli President Reuven Rivlin has decided that sitting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should have the first crack at forming a new government after the Sept. 17 election left another split field. Israel's Basic Law, its form of a constitution, allows flexibility in how governments are formed, though a few rules keep the process predictable. However, the politics of that process are volatile, and for Israel to avoid a third election, Israel's politicians must make deep compromises....

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