Netanyahu’s disparate rivals try to nail down pact to unseat him

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By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rivals on Monday sought to finalise a unity coalition that would unseat the veteran leader, as political commentators predicted a bitter fight ahead. Centrist opposition chief Yair Lapid won support on Sunday from ultranationalist Naftali Bennett for a “change” government of ideologically disparate rivals. The deal, in which Bennett would serve first as prime minister under a rotation with Lapid, must be finalised by a deadline of midnight (2200GMT) on Wednesday. Netanyahu, 71, is the dominant political figure of…

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