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For first time in a long time, Netanyahu’s rule threatened

JERUSALEM (AP) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has dominated Israeli politics for the past 12 years. But after a bruising two-year cycle of political deadlock, he is facing the toughest challenge of his record-setting run. He could soon find himself pushed into the opposition. Israel’s president said on Wednesday that he has given opposition leader Yair Lapid the task of trying to form a new coalition government. President Reuven Rivlin made the announcement after Netanyahu failed to meet a midnight deadline for forming a government himself the previous day. Lapid now has 28 days to work out a coalition deal with partners that would oust Netanyahu and his Likud partner.

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