Uncertain future for Netanyahu as coalition deadline nears

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s opponents are finalising a coalition government to end his 12-year rule – the longest by any Israeli leader – before a Wednesday midnight (21:00 GMT) deadline.

The union came into being after far-right leader Naftali Bennett, a kingmaker whose Yamina party has six seats in parliament, joined hands with centrist Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party.

‘Truly historic moment’

As Mansour Abbas, head of the United Arab List arrived at the hotel in Ramat Gan for negotiations in the final hours, Israeli political correspondent Tal Schneider called it a “historic moment.

“For the first time in Israel history an Arab party will become a part of a coalition,” Schneider wrote.

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