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Netanyahu Picked to Form New Israeli Government


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JERUSALEM, Israel – Israeli President Reuven Rivlin chose Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as the first candidate to try and form a coalition government after last week’s election. 

President Rivlin made the choice after he realized he couldn’t convince Netanyahu and Gantz to form a unity government.     

“The ability of Member of Knesset Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government is better right now. Therefore, sir, I’ve decided to grant you the possibility to form a government,” Rivlin said, addressing Netanyahu.

Netanyahu says he wants a broad, unity government. 

"I accept this mission that you have given me … the order of the moment is a unity government, a broad national unity government that is formed quickly,” said Netanyahu.

Netanyahu says Israel faces three main challenges:  the growing military threat of Iran, Israel’s economy and securing international recognition for Israel’s borders.  Those borders, and especially the Jordan Valley, are important to secure while a strong ally like president trump is still in office. 

Yet, Netanyahu faces what some call a political mission impossible.  He remains several seats short of a government majority. He’s also surrounded by rival parties who say they’re unwilling to join his coalition.  With the Jewish new year beginning next week, Netanyahu hopes those parties may have a change of heart. 

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Chris Mitchell

In a time where the world's attention is riveted on events in the Middle East, CBN viewers have come to appreciate Chris Mitchell's timely reports from this explosive region of the world. Chris brings a Biblical and prophetic perspective to these daily news events that shape our world. He first began reporting on the Middle East in the mid-1990s. Chris repeatedly traveled there to report on the religious and political issues facing Israel and the surrounding Arab states. One of his more significant reports focused on the emigration of persecuted Christians from the Middle East. In the past