Israel Coalition Talks to Begin

    Yair Lapid gestures as he delivers a speech at  his "Yesh Atid" party in Tel-Aviv Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013.  The party, formed just over a year ago, out did forecasts by far and are predicted to capture as many as 19 seats, becoming parliament's second-largest party, after Netanyahu's Likud-Beiteinu bloc, which won 31, according to the exit polls. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)

    Leader of Yesh Atid speaks on Wednesday. (Sebastian Scheiner/AP)

    Well, this is unexpected. Early results on Tuesday from Israel’s election showed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party lost a quarter of its seats in government, and he will be forced to form a coalition government with the newly formed Yesh Atid party. Netanyahu’s Likud-Beiteinu alliance still maintained the largest majority, with 31 seats, but Yesh Atid won a shocking 19 seats. Yesh Atid is led by popular former TV presenter Yair Lapid, and has demanded reform of the law that excuses ultra-Orthodox Jewish seminary students from serving in the military. Lapid’s victory could also cause other headaches for Netanyahu, as Lapid has insisted he will only join a government committed to reviving the peace process with Palestine.

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