A general view shows the plenum during a session at the Knesset, the Israeli parliament, in Jerusalem May 13, 2015. REUTERS/Ronen Zvulun
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Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu's emerging government was scraped by its first parliamentary test Wednesday, paving the way for the new Cabinet to be sworn in after two months of difficult coalition building.On the eve of the March 17 election, Netanyahu raised international concern by saying he would not permit a Palestinian state to be established under his watch.Shortly after winning the March ballot, Netanyahu appeared to be coasting toward a comfortable governing majority comprising 67 seats in the 120-member parliament, and he voiced confidence he would be able to form one quickly.But in a surprise move last week, ally Avigdor Lieberman announced that his ultranationalist YIsrael Beitenu Party would not join the government, leaving Netanyahu scrambling to meet Jewish Home's demands for key Cabinet seats.
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