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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition crisis eased on Monday when a coalition partner backed off a demand to be given the defense ministry, making an early election less likely.

“You win some, you lose some,” Education Minister Naftali Bennett said in a televised address, shrugging off Benjamin Netanyahu’s rejection of his bid.

Bennett’s U-turn surprised many pundits, who had predicted the leader of the far-right Jewish Home party would opt to quit in protest. He said the party was withdrawing all its political demands and would stand by prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

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