The Jerusalem Post's top 5 stories of May 25

Livni says new government will isolate Israel, Tom Friedman says this is a dark hour for those who care about Israel, Jewish leaders push to get two-state solution proposal on next president's desk.

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1. Opposition MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Union) on Wednesday condemned the signing of a new coalition deal that brings in the far-right Yisrael Beytenu party, saying the new government will isolate Israel from the world and give fire to the BDS movement.
Read more: Livni: New government will isolate Israel, ramp-up BDS
2. The removal of Moshe Ya’alon as defense minister and the elevation of Yisrael Beytenu chief Avigdor Liberman in his stead is the latest manifestation of a “dark hour” enshrouding Israel, leading foreign affairs commentator Thomas Friedman wrote in The New York Times on Wednesday.
Read more: 'For those who care about Israel, this is a dark hour,' Tom Friedman says
3.In a rare and sharp split with Israeli government policy, a group of Jewish community leaders wants to get a proposal for a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict on the next president’s desk.
Read more:  Jewish leaders push to get two-state solution proposal on next president's desk
4. After a two-year cessation, Iran is attempting to bring Islamic Jihad back into its fold by renewing financial support for the Palestinian terror organization, sources affiliated with the organization told the London-based daily Arab newspaper a-Sharq al-Awsat on Wednesday.
Read more: Iran to renew financial support for Islamic Jihad after two-year hiatus
5. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday welcomed Bayit Yehudi leader Avidgor Liberman and his faction partners into the governing coalition as Defense Minister, vowing that Israel remains committed to reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.
Read more: Netanyahu welcomes Liberman into coalition: 'We are joining hands to move Israel forward'