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Source: Netanyahu reaches first deal on new Israel government
Published Tuesday 19/02/2013 (updated) 20/02/2013 15:34
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a meeting of
the Jewish Agency's Board of Governors in Jerusalem Feb. 18, 2013.
(Reuters/Baz Ratner)
JERUSALEM (Reuters) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took his first step in forming a new government on Tuesday by reaching a coalition deal with former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a political source said.

A draft copy of a five-page coalition deal, obtained by Reuters, said the centrist Livni would be named Justice Minister and would also resume a role similar to one she held in a previous government as a peace negotiator with the Palestinians.

Peace talks have been frozen since 2010, and the coalition deal said Netanyahu and Livni together would "work, upon the establishment of the new government, toward resuming the diplomatic process".

The deal would be the first for Netanyahu after weeks of negotiating with party heads since his right-wing Likud won a Jan. 22 election, but came up short of a parliamentary majority.

Likud said in a statement the two party leaders would make a joint announcement in parliament later on Tuesday. A Likud source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters Livni had agreed to join Netanyahu's new government.

Netanyahu has another month to secure enough coalition partners to control at least half of the 120 seats in parliament. Likud, running on a joint ticket with another right-wing party, won 31 seats in the vote. Livni heads a small centrist party that won six.
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1 ) AKeenReader / UK
20/02/2013 10:40
She will follow what PM's policy will be ie continue occupation. In order to revive her political career she will do anything she is asked by NUTT-ANYAHU

2 ) Mel / USA
20/02/2013 19:36
Same old "pigs"with dfferent"lipstick"on! All said so-called"leaders"are sons/daughters of extremist Jewish terrorists(Irgun,Stern,Likud,Haganah cells)who WANT to perpetuate"the longest military occupation in modern history"carried out by brutal"Nazi"Zionist Jews,against innocent Palestinian people,their land,homes &history!Israel's IMPLODING under brutal Zionism,&turningALL Israel into a walled JEWISH GHETTO!Tragic IRONY,what?http://www.democracynow.org/2013/1/29/the_gatekeepers_in_new_film_ex
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