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Naftali Bennett: the leader of the far-right Yamina party will serve  as the first prime minister of the new coalition under  a rotating premiership agreement. Photograph: Menahem Kahana/EPA

Barring a last-minute surprise, Israel’s 36th government will be sworn in on Sunday and the the strangest Israeli coalition ever assembled will take (...)

Israeli prime minister Binyamin Netanyahu: held a  meeting with his right-wing and religious allies to plot the downfall of the nascent coalition. Photograph: Ronen Zvulun

A day after Yair Lapid, head of the centrist Yesh Atid, announced he had succeeded in forming a wide-reaching coalition to replace Binyamin Netanyahu (...)

Binyamin Netanyahu has been invited by Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, to try to form a government after the country’s fourth inconclusive election in two years. Photograph: Abir Sultan/AFP via Getty Images

Israeli president Reuven Rivlin has assigned Binyamin Netanyahu the task of forming the next government but he faces an uphill task to cobble together(...)