Not until Friday did it become certain that Israel would have a government when President Barack Obama arrives Wednesday for the start of his Middle East trip. Almost none of the disputes over power concerned the security measures the president will discuss.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu knew on Jan. 22 that he would stay in office, even though his combined Likud-Beitenu Party lost 11 seats in the 120-member Knesset. But he missed the first deadline to form a government and had to ask for an extension. By most analyses, the 68-member coalition is not the one Mr. Netanyahu wanted, since it does not include the ultra-Orthodox parties he had placated with subsidies for religious students and exemption from military service.
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