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Netanyahu Picked to Form New Israeli Government


JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin chose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the first candidate to try and form a coalition government after last week’s election. 

President Rivlin made the choice after he realized he couldn’t convince Netanyahu and Gantz to form a unity government.     

“The ability of Member of Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government is better right now. Therefore, sir, I’ve decided to grant you the possibility to form a government,” Rivlin said, addressing Netanyahu.

Netanyahu says he wants a broad, unity government. 

"I accept this mission that you have given me … the order of the moment is a unity government, a broad national unity government that is formed quickly,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu says Israel faces three main challenges:  the growing military threat of Iran, Israel’s economy and securing international recognition for Israel’s borders.  Those borders, and especially the Jordan Valley, are important to secure while a strong ally like president trump is still in office. 

Yet, Netanyahu faces what some call a political mission impossible.  He remains several seats short of a government majority. He’s also surrounded by rival parties who say they’re unwilling to join his coalition.  With the Jewish new year beginning next week, Netanyahu hopes those parties may have a change of heart. 

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