Dan Perry, AP Jerusalem Bureau Chief & Acting Middle East Editor

As if enough wasn’t already happening in and around Israel — internal calls for new elections, tensions with Iran, a pending Presidential vote in Egypt — this week, a stunner: Just days after calling for early elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced he had formed a new coalition government — not with parties to the right of his, but with the centrist Kadima Party. The move has, once again, reshuffled everything in the always shifting world of Israel politics. At times like these we turn to our man on the ground, Dan Perry, AP Jerusalem Bureau Chief and special editor for international news and — can I say “more importantly”? — great friend of the show. (Originally broadcast 5-12-12 on The John Batchelor Show)

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