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Midnight deadline approaches for Israeli coalition to unite and challenge Netanyahu

June 2, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A coalition of Israeli opposition parties were approaching a midnight deadline on Wednesday to form a government, in the most serious challenge yet to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rule.

Jerusalem (CNN)A coalition of Israeli opposition parties were approaching a midnight deadline on Wednesday to form a government, in the most serious challenge yet to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rule.

The idea that Israel's longest-serving leader could be unseated became a reality on Sunday, when Naftali Bennett, leader of the small right-wing party Yamina, confirmed he was working toward a coalition agreement with Yair Lapid, leader of the centrist party Yesh Atid.

Under the country's election laws, the president can give a party leader 28 days to form a coalition.

President Reuven Rivlin had tasked Netanyahu to form a government after the vote, but the Prime Minister was unable to command enough support to control Israel's parliament, the Knesset.

Bennett and Lapid will try to form a coalition with at least eight political parties that run the political spectrum -- from the left wing Meretz, to Bennett's right wing Yamina party.

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