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1 | Israel Coalition Takes Shape Israel's Labor Party has agreed to join a Cabinet led by Prime Minister--designate Benjamin Netanyahu, giving him enough support in the 120-seat Israeli Knesset to form a viable coalition government. The decision by the center-left Labor Party's leader, Ehud Barak, to unite with the largely right- wing coalition has caused tension among the party's members, many of whom oppose Netanyahu's stance against peace negotiations with the Palestinians and have threatened to break away. Tzipi Livni's centrist Kadima Party, which in fact won the most votes in February's parliamentary elections, has refused to join the coalition...

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