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Opposing Party Leaders Unite To Push Benjamin Netanyahu Out Of Office

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For the first time in more than a decade, it looks as though Benjamin Netanyahu will soon be out of power in Israel. In an unprecedented move, leaders from eight opposing parties unite to push the prime minister out of office; CBS2's Jessica Moore reports.

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MAURICE DUBOIS: Well, for the first time in more than a decade, it looks like Benjamin Netanyahu will soon be out of power in Israel. In an unprecedented move, leaders from eight opposing parties have united to push him out. CBS 2's Jessica Moore reports.

NAFTALI BENNETT: [SPEAKING HEBREW]

JESSICA MOORE: Last week, Israeli opposition leaders Naftali Bennett and Yair Lapid notified Israel's president of a new coalition deal to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and form a new unity government.

MALCOLM HOENLEIN: This is Mount Zion.

JESSICA MOORE: Top American Jewish leader Malcolm Hoenlein is in Israel consulting on the transition. What's the tone like on the ground there right now? A lot going on.

MALCOLM HOENLEIN: That's exactly right. It's never boring here.

JESSICA MOORE: Hoenlein says what happens in Israel has an impact in the U S and around the world.

MALCOLM HOENLEIN: Well, I think that you will see increased stability, and people should look to the situation whoever is in the government, it will now be able to settle down and really begin to implement the policies. It will be in terms of allocation of resources, development of towns, Arab, Christian, Jewish towns that may have not gotten the attention in the past, expanding further the educational system.

JESSICA MOORE: The new government will be comprised of eight parties, including an Arab-Israeli party. An historic move that marks the first time an Arab party will join an Israeli governing coalition.

ABIRE SABBAGH: It's not about which individual person is in power for us. It's about the system as a whole and what the government and state of Israel as a whole call for.

JESSICA MOORE: David Miller, president of the American Jewish Committee, says Israel's commitment to major international conflicts like fighting Hamas is unlikely to change. Do you think that this is going to have an impact on the Iran nuclear deal?

DAVID MILLER: From what I understand of the new leaders, they are exactly in the same place as Benjamin Netanyahu. The Iran issue unites Israelis, and Israelis understand that Iran is focused on the annihilation of the state of Israel.

JESSICA MOORE: The new party will hold a razor thin majority in parliament, with an edge of only one vote.

DAVID MILLER: Its democracy on steroids. It offers a potentially new era but remains to be seen how cohesive this group will be and how long they'll last.

JESSICA MOORE: Netanyahu has called his rivals dangerous, and he and his allies are expected to do everything they can to scuttle the deal. It's Jessica Moore, CBS 2 News.