With President Brack Obama expeted in Israel next month, Benjamin Netanyahu is having trouble forming a government to receive him. An unlikely alliance between Yair Lapid of the centerist Yesh Atid party and Naftali Bennett from the right-wing Habayit Hayehudi party has made it almost impossible for the prime minister to form a new coalition. Netanyahu needs 61 votes to start a government and renew his term as prime minister. In the 20 days since President Shimon Peres appointed him to form a government, the only party he has successfully courted is Hatunah, led by Tzipi Livni. With her comes six seats and a lot of baggage to the coalition.
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- Unlikely tandem causes Bibi headaches
- Livni joins with negotiations mandate
- Visiting Israel
- Red carpet attention on Israeli-Palestinian conflict