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May 8, 2012 11:00 am

Deal Provides Netanyahu Greater Flexibility on Iran

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President Obama and Prime Minister Netanyahu during a bilateral meeting.

Globe and Mail – The surprise overnight creation of a national unity government in Israel – made possible when Shaul Mofaz, the new leader of the Kadima party chose to join the current coalition – gives Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exactly what he wanted when he came to power three years ago: a grand coalition that allows him a remarkably free hand to govern as he wishes, including possibly taking action on Iran.

Mr. Netanyahu, who only two days ago called for an early election in September, hoping to capitalize on his high standing in the polls, explained his about-face as an effort to retain stability.

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