Hardline Israel government emerges, angering Palestinians
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signed an agreement Thursday giving a senior role to the far-right Jewish Home that firmly opposes a Palestinian state, hours after forging a new government. Following six weeks of intensive negotiations, Netanyahu formed a lineup, just an hour before a Wednesday midnight deadline. His rightwing, religious coalition marks a new shift to the right by giving increased prominence to Naftali Bennett's nationalist-religious Jewish Home party, which strongly backs settlement activity. The move looks likely to complicate Israel's damaged relationship with the Palestinians and further strain ties with the international community.
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