After One Year Wait, Bibi and Gantz Agree to Government

Gantz and Netanyahu, April 20, 2020

Credit:GPO

After three elections and more than a year of impasse, the next Israeli government has at last been decided on. The Times of Israel reports that Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz agreed on a coalition deal that will see Netanyahu step down as PM in 18 months, but also receive most of his demands for the Jewish state:

“We prevented fourth elections. We’ll safeguard democracy,” Gantz tweeted shortly after the announcement was made. “We’ll fight the coronavirus and look out for all Israeli citizens. We have a national emergency government.”

Netanyahu spoke with all the leaders of his right-wing religious bloc of parties after signing the unity deal, his spokesman said in a statement.

“The prime minister said that the establishment of a unity government in the face of the coronavirus pandemic is a national imperative,” the statement said. “The prime minister pledged that he will continue to uphold the principles of the national camp and the right-wing bloc within the unity government.”

The deal is expected to be signed formally after Independence Day next week, after which the other right-wing parties would sign on to it. The emerging coalition is then expected to move forward with legislation to cement the premiership rotation agreement that will see Gantz take over from Netanyahu as prime minister after 18 months.

The final agreement dovetails with most of Netanyahu’s demands, including on the the annexation of parts of the West Bank, a process that it says can begin in July 2020…

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