Breakthrough in Israel - opponents of Netanyahu agree on coalition

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Israel is about to form a new government and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is about to lose his office, who took office twelve years ago. The presidential office announced on Wednesday evening that opposition leader Jair Lapid had informed President Reuven Rivlin that he had gathered a majority in parliament and that he could form a new government. Accordingly, Naftali Bennett of the ultra-nationalist Jamina party should first become prime minister, only to be replaced by Lapid after around two years. Around an hour before the deadline for forming a government expired, Lapid succeeded in forging an alliance of partly contradicting partners. These include the Blue-White Center Party, the Labor Party and the nationalist Yisrael Beitenu. For the first time in Israel's history, an independent Arab party, the United Arab List, is to become a member of the government. Lapid's liberal party Yesh Atid had become the second strongest force behind the national conservative Likud of Netanyahu in the parliamentary elections on March 23 - the fourth election in two years.