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Israel’s new government dealt blow in controversial citizenship vote

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JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israel’s new government faced its first big defeat in parliament on Tuesday, failing to renew a controversial law that prevents Palestinians living in the West Bank and Gaza Strip who marry Israeli citizens from gaining citizenship themselves. It was the first major political test for Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, who for nearly a month now has been heading a narrow and diverse coalition that includes left-wing, centrist and Arab parties, along with his own ultranationalist party. And he came up short in the early morning vote, failing to secure a simple majority in par…

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