Netanyahu to Form Coalition, Beat Deadline, Israel Radio Says

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is close to announcing a governing coalition with the narrowest of majorities, beating Wednesday’s midnight deadline, Israel Radio reported.

Netanyahu’s Likud is wrapping up talks with the right-wing Jewish Home party, the last faction the premier needs to secure a parliamentary majority, the broadcaster reported, without saying where it got the information. It said Netanyahu sealed the deal by offering the Justice Ministry to Jewish Home, though disagreement on the extent of its authority remains.

The alliance means Netanyahu would control 61 seats in the 120-member legislature. Officials from both parties declined to comment.

The premier must present a coalition to President Reuven Rivlin by the end of Wednesday. Failure to do so would mean that Isaac Herzog of the Zionist Union, which finished second behind Likud in the March 17 vote, would be given a chance to form a government.

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