Israeli party spokeswoman: Deal reached with Benjamin Netanyahu to form next government

Published March 14, 2013

| Associated Press

A spokeswoman for a major Israeli political party says a deal has been reached with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form the next government.

A Yesh Atid spokeswoman says the three main coalition partners will meet later on Thursday to sign the agreement, which comes after weeks of negotiations. She spoke on condition of anonymity pending a formal announcement.

Netanyahu's bloc has now joined up with the centrist "Yesh Atid" and the pro-settler "Jewish Home" parties. Former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, who leads a small party, joined last month.

The talks had stalled over the division of Cabinet portfolios and planned reforms in the country's military draft law.

Netanyahu, whose block won 31 seats in the 120-member assembly, has struggled to form a coalition since the Jan. 22 parliamentary election.

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