Unpacking the new Israeli government

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An Arab Islamist, a self-described “right-wing” religious Jew, and a centrist former newscaster walk into a Tel Aviv hotel around midnight. It sounds like the setup of a good (or bad) joke, but it is in fact the scene that created Israel’s new coalition government.

A quick note: Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, still needs to vote to approve the proposed ruling coalition. Approval is expected to happen as enough MPs have expressed a “yes” vote for the new government, but being Israel anything can happen. A vote may take place as early as W...

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