Spokeswoman: Israeli parties strike coalition deal

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, center, attends the weekly cabinet meeting in his Jerusalem office, Sunday, March 10, 2013. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner, Pool)JERUSALEM (AP) — After weeks of deadlock, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reached an agreement with rival parties on Thursday to form a new government that appears set to address pressing domestic issues while putting peacemaking with the Palestinians on the back burner.

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