Lapid forms coalition government in Israel, ending Netanyahu era

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Yair Lapid, chairman of the Yesh Atid party, formed a coalition government with the help of the small Arab party Ra’am shortly before a midnight deadline, concluding the era of long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Lapid informed President Reuven Rivlin that he had succeeded in forming a government on Wednesday. “I pledge that this government will serve all citizens of Israel,” Lapid wrote on Twitter late Wednesday, adding that this applied to “those who voted for it and those who didn’t.” He said the new government will “respect its opponents and do everything possible to unite and con…

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