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Netanyahu Picked to Form New Israeli Government

After the failure of his last-ditch effort to muster Kadima leader Tzipi Livni's support for a unity government, President Shimon Peres formally entrusted Likud chairman Benjamin (“Bibi”) Netanyahu with the task of building a national coalition government. The right-wing Netanyahu was given 42 days to put together a coalition that might draw on Labor and Kadima, though he also spoke favorably of including the ultranationalist Yisrael Beiteinu party, which made substantial gains in the national election.

Israeli Election Produces No Clear Winner

Both Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni's Kadima party and Benjamin Netanyahu's opposition Likud styled themselves the winners of Israel’s elections, after it became apparent that Kadima had won the most seats in the new Knesset, but the Likud-led right-wing would constitute the larger bloc.

An Israeli friend's son of Ed Berns, Co-Chair of TBS Israel Affairs Committee, was involved in the fighting in Gaza. He had been interviewed by Arutz Sheva (Channel 7 - Israel National News) to recount his experiences.

His words are a concise summary of the circumstances experienced by the IDF while in Gaza that stand in stark counterpoint to the news as we most often hear it through the filter of the major media. It is a sobering description of what Hamas really is and how it treats its people.

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