Netanyahu Set for Go-ahead to Form Israel's Next Government

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, grappling with fierce White House disapproval, was poised to win the nod from Israel's president on Wednesday to try to form a new coalition government. The surprise victor of a March 17 election, Netanyahu looks well set to assemble a heavily right-leaning cabinet that will control 67 of parliament's 120 seats -- a large majority in a country where no one party has ever been able to rule by itself. Netanyahu will have up to six weeks to put together his new coalition once President Reuven Rivlin formally assigns him the task later in the day.



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