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Netanyahu close to losing the government

Bibi’s huge payoffs to Lieberman, including the Foreign and Security Ministries, the Iran committee, and the Land Authority (which is hugely profitable in terms of bribes), prompted the other parties to up their coalition demands—at a time when Bibi has not much left to give away.

The National Union is sticking to its hardcore right-wing demands that the outposts be legalized. Western governments can do nothing against Israel if Netanyahu approves those hamlets, but he’s afraid of even nominal confrontation with them. But without the NU, Bibi cannot form his narrow coalition.

Bibi can bring Tzipi into the government, but then Peres could offer her prime ministry (she won the elections) and the right to form a coalition.

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