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Netanyahu's Newly Expanded Coalition already Threatened

A key party in Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's newly expanded right-wing coalition threatened to bring it down on Sunday over a demand related to the military.

The Jewish Home party, whose leader Naftali Bennett is a political rival to Netanyahu, said it would vote against the expanded coalition in parliament if its demand was not met.

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Israeli Minister Quits Netanyahu's 'Extremist Government'

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu suffered his second cabinet resignation in a week on Friday when a minister quit over the appointment of a hardline nationalist in the "extremist government".

Environment minister Avi Gabbay announced his resignation in a strongly worded statement that accused Netanyahu of putting the country on a path to ruin.

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Israel's Lieberman: Bouncer-Turned-Political Firebrand

Avigdor Lieberman, set to become Israel's defense minister, worked as a nightclub bouncer as a young man before embarking on a political career marked by anti-Arab tirades and strident populism.

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New Israeli Government Threat to Regional Stability, Say Palestinians

The appointment of a hardline right-winger as Israel's defense minister represents a "real threat" to regional stability, a senior Palestinian official said on Wednesday.

"The existence of this government brings a real threat of instability and extremism in the region," Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat told AFP, adding that the appointment would "result in apartheid, racism and religious and political extremism."

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Israel PM Reaches Deal for Ultra-Nationalist Party to Join Govt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu joined forces on Wednesday with a hardline nationalist party to expand his coalition, forming what is being called the most right-wing government in the nation's history.

Avigdor Lieberman and his Yisrael Beitenu party will add five lawmakers to Netanyahu's previously wafer-thin majority if the deal is given parliamentary approval as expected.

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Israeli Rights Group Gives up on Army Complaints System

A leading Israeli human rights group announced Wednesday it was giving up taking complaints over soldiers' conduct to the military, after years of going through official channels brought few prosecutions.

B'Tselem, which campaigns against Israel's occupation of the West Bank, said it had been providing information to the Military Advocate General Corps about alleged abuses for 25 years, but had concluded it was increasingly a "whitewash mechanism."

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Israel PM's Travel Expenses under Scrutiny

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's travel expenses came under fresh scrutiny on Tuesday with the release of an official report into alleged overcharging and conflict of interest.

The state comptroller's report covers 2003-05, when Netanyahu was finance minister, and concerns five foreign trips, some with his wife and children, Israeli media reported.

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Talks to Expand Israeli Government Hit 'Dead End'

Negotiations to bring a hardline nationalist party into Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's ruling coalition have reached a "dead end", the head of the party said Monday.

Netanyahu, however, said talks were continuing and expressed confidence that a deal with former foreign minister Avigdor Lieberman's Yisrael Beitenu would be reached.

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Palestinian Woman Tries to Stab Policeman, Shot Dead

A Palestinian woman tried to stab an Israeli border policeman at a checkpoint north of Jerusalem on Monday and was shot dead, Israeli police said.

No injuries were reported among the police in the incident at the Biddu checkpoint. Border police fired in the air before shooting her when she continued to move toward them with a knife, authorities said.

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Netanyahu Seeks to Ease Fears over Changes in His Govt.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sought on Sunday to ease concerns over the expected entrance of a hardline nationalist party into his coalition, saying his government would still seek peace with the Palestinians.

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