Israeli opposition parties strike deal to form new government - DW News.

An unlikely coalition of disparate Israeli opposition parties struck a deal on Wednesday night to form a government. The agreement could potentially resolve an extended period of political deadlock and force beleaguered Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from the political stage after 12 years in office. Yair Lapid, a centrist, and Naftali Bennett, an ultranationalist, announced the deal after they succeeded in cobbling together a coalition government with a number of parties from across the political spectrum. Lapid managed to pull together signatures from seven parties signaling their willingness to form a coalition shortly before his mandate to form a new government expired at midnight.

Lapid has officially informed President Rivlin that he has the backing of the majority of the Knesset to form a cabinet — over two months after the March 23 election. The new government could face a vote of confidence in Israel's Knesset parliament sometime before next Wednesday unless Lapid asks for time to negotiate any disagreements before parties sign on to a binding coalition. Such a move would delay the vote by another week and give parties time to iron out any disagreements about the policies and appointments of the new government. It is expected that Netanyahu, the country's longest-serving prime minister, will attempt to bring lawmakers from the coalition over to his side. Unless the newly formed coalition collapses before being sworn in, Netanyahu's 12-year stint in the top job will come to an end.

Subscribe: www.youtube.com/user/deutschewelleenglish?sub_confirmation=1

For more news go to: www.dw.com/en/
Follow DW on social media:
►Facebook: www.facebook.com/deutschewellenews/
►Twitter: twitter.com/dwnews
►Instagram: www.instagram.com/dwnews
Für Videos in deutscher Sprache besuchen Sie: www.youtube.com/dwdeutsch
#Israel #BenjaminNetanyahu #YairLapid

Watch video on channel "DW News"
Former refugees are helping flood victims - Focus on Europe.

Former refugees are helping flood victims - Focus on Europe.

Syrian men stand among the relief workers in the German flood disaster. By helping, they want to say thank you for taking them in during the refugee crisis in 2015. Subscribe: For more news go to: Follow DW on social media: ►Facebook: ►Twitter: ►I...

Why internet connections in Germany are so bad - DW Analysis.

Why internet connections in Germany are so bad - DW Analysis.

For years, Europe’s largest economy has failed to roll out good internet connections across the country, and that’s increasingly becoming a problem. By telling the story of one small village in central Germany and how it’s been fighting for better...

Wildfires in Turkey threaten beach resorts - DW News.

Wildfires in Turkey threaten beach resorts - DW News.

The death toll from wildfires raging on Turkey's southern coast rose to four, as dozens of villages and some hotels were evacuated. Firefighters were still tackling wildfires in 20 locations in six provinces in Turkey's Mediterranean and southern ...

Tokyo 2020: Weightlifter released after deportation from Japan - DW News.

Tokyo 2020: Weightlifter released after deportation from Japan - DW News.

Police in Uganda have released athlete Julius Ssekitoleko on police bond pending further investigations after he was controversially deported by authorities in Japan. The weightlifter had traveled to the Olympics in Tokyo expecting to compete -- b...

US to maintain military force in the Philippines - DW News.

US to maintain military force in the Philippines - DW News.

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin has secured an agreement from Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte to restore a key pact allowing military exercises between the two countries to continue. US naval presence in the Indo-Pacific is seen by many ...