Israel Political Brief February 19, 2013: Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks PM Benjamin Netanyahu from forming coalition

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Rivals’ pact in Israel blocks Netanyahu from forming coalition

Source: LAT, 2-19-13

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid and Naftali Bennett puts a twist in talks on forming Israel’s next government.

Israeli politicians' alliance poses obstacle to Netanyahu's efforts to form coalitionRivals Yair Lapid, left, leader of the Yesh Atid party, and Naftali Bennett, head of the Jewish Home party, attend a reception this month in Jerusalem. Both support a military draft for the ultra-Orthodox. (Uriel Sinai / Getty Images / February 4, 2013)

A new odd couple in Israeli politics has become the biggest obstacle to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus effort to form the next government.

The surprise alliance between Yair Lapid, 49, the rising star of Tel Aviv’s secular elite, and Naftali Bennett, 40, the yarmulke-wearing head of a religious-nationalist party, has added an unexpected wrinkle to coalition talks….READ MORE

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