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Netanyahu rival calls for coalition deal ahead of deadline

  • FILE - In this Saturday, March 14, 2020 file photo, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu arrives for a speech from his Jerusalem office, saying Israel’s restaurants and places of entertainment will be closed to stop the spread of the coronavirus. With the Israeli government enacting a series of emergency measures to stem the spread of the virus, critics are increasingly bemoaning that Israel’s caretaker Prime Minister Netanyahu is exploiting the crisis to entrench himself in power and undermining the country’s democratic foundations. (Gali Tibbon/Pool via AP, File)

JERUSALEM — Israel’s main opposition leader urged its long-serving prime minister on Monday to seal a coalition deal ahead of a looming midnight deadline or risk dragging the country toward unprecedented fourth straight elections in just over a year amid the coronavirus outbreak.

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