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Israeli government loses parliamentary vote, threatening fragile coalition

Israel’s shaky coalition government lost a crucial vote Monday in parliament to pass a routine bill extending Israeli law to settlers living in the West Bank, an outcome that complicates the country’s dominance of the territory and threatens new elections .

The law, enacted as an emergency measure after Israel seized the West Bank from Jordan 55 years ago in the 1967 Arab-Israeli war, generally enjoys broad political support and passes easily. But the former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu rallied the entire opposition – which includes politicians who strongly support the law in principle – to vote against it in a bid to embarrass the ruling coalition and potentially bring it down.


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