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From Germany to Israel, longtime opponents have formed odd coalitions to seize power

By Antonia Noori Farzan, Claire Parker

14 Jun 2021 · 4 min read

The new governing coalition that took power Sunday in Israel is one of the oddest in recent memory: It unites ardent supporters of Israeli settlements in the West Bank and staunch advocates of an autonomous Palestinian state. Incorporating eight parties from across the political spectrum, the alliance includes factions with strong commitments to Orthodox Jews, others who believe government should be strictly secular, and, for the first time, an Arab Islamist party.

All share one common goal: The ouster of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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