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End of Netanyahu era could be in the cards in Israeli political drama

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By Jeffrey Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel was gripped by political drama on Sunday over the possibly imminent end of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s record run as the country’s leader. After four inconclusive parliamentary elections in two years, a 28-day mandate for opposition leader Yair Lapid to form a new government runs out on Wednesday, and media reports said he was close to putting together a coalition that would end Netanyahu’s 12-year stretch as prime minister. Lapid’s chances of success rest largely with far-right politician Naftali Bennett, a kingmaker whose Yamina party ha…

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