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Israeli Government Moves to Make Peace

Feb 19th, 2013 - International News

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel's prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, has brought a dovish rival into his emerging government to lead peace negotiations with the Palestinians.

The appointment of former Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni into the government could signal a new approach to peace making by Netanyahu in his new term. Livni, a former chief negotiator, has a good relationship with the Palestinian leadership and advocates a much softer line than Netanyahu.

Under Tuesday's deal, Livni will serve as justice minister, with special responsibilities for peace talks.

The deal was Netanyahu's first coalition agreement since a Jan. 22 election. He still remains far short of forming a majority coalition government.

Netanyahu, who was widely criticized for the impasse in peace efforts, has promised to take a new approach in his next term.

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