The Knesset (Israel Parliament) also passed a raft of legislative changes to the country’s semi-constitutional Basic Laws, paving the way for a government to be established after more than a year of political deadlock.
„What has been happening in the past few days must be stopped,“ Gantz said. „It’s unacceptable that while we are talking about [forming] a government to rehabilitate diplomacy, to back the Israel Defense Forces, to empower the law enforcement institutions and safeguard a free press, Netanyahu, who is in charge of all these systems, is spreading blatant messages against them.“
Earlier on Thursday, a meeting between Blue & White’s representatives and Netanyahu’s Likud negotiating team ended with no major breakthrough, Hebrew-language broadcaster Channel 12 reported.
President Reuven Rivlin is expected to task Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz to form the next government in the next few days, after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu informed Rivlin on Monday that he was unable to do so.
Netanyahu rival and Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz will have 28 days to try to establish a coalition once Rivlin hands him the mandate, which the PM just returned
Given by the Israeli president the first stab at forming a governing coalition, Netanyahu is expected to fall short of collecting the lawfully-required 61 votes as his 28-day coalition effort will end on October 24.
“Gantz refuses unity,” he wrote, claiming that Blue and White’s leader Benny Gantz, his ally Yair Lapid and Avigdor Liverman, head of Yisrael Beiteinu party, refused to rule out a minority coalition.
If tasked with assembling coalition, Blue and White chief plans to invite Likud to unity talks, knowing it won’t show up, and then move forward without majority support
Mandate to scrape together Knesset majority likely to pass to Blue and White chief Benny Gantz in less than two weeks, unsourced report says
Kingmaker and Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Lieberman also bashes FM Katz as ‚pathetic liar‘ and says that Likud can ‚go to hell‘ if they offer him rotation agreement
Of the remaining respondents, 42 percent of Israelis support a unity government of Kahol Lavan and Likud headed by Netanyahu, and eight percent were undecided.
The fatal flaw in Netanyahu’s game plan was obvious to anyone who took Trump’s measure from the outset. It wrongly assumed that the U.S. president could be a stable and dependable partner in advancing Netanyahu’s game plan. It posited that Trump recognized the threat Iran poses to both Israel and the U.S. and that his utmost priority would be to quell it. It did not take into account Trump’s isolationist tendencies or that his only real priority is promoting himself.
The political whirlwind and the desire to avoid another election might cause Gantz to forget the reason his party won 33 Knesset seats and became the largest political party in Israel, namely that the people are sick and tired of Netanyahu. They are sick not only of the abundant criminal accusations now under review at a hearing, but also of his corrupt and cynical politics, which have put his personal survival above any other value, and in the name of which he has pitted parts of Israeli society against each other.
Even if he is indicted, Mr Netanyahu intends to stay on as prime minister. The law does not require him to step down until a final conviction.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly shrinking away from a suggested Likud party primary proposal after close allies warned he has more to lose than gain in the contest.
Instead, Netanyahu is weighing a whether to hold an internal leadership contest next year after Foreign Minister Israel Katz made the suggestion Thursday evening, according to Israeli broadcaster Channel 12.
Netanyahu urged his political rival to join his right-wing coalition “as soon as possible” in order to establish the next Israeli government.
But despite the prime minister’s entreaties, “no breakthrough was achieved” during the discussions, the Likud party said in a statement.
The party’s central committee will meet Thursday to discuss advancing the primaries.
Gideon Sa’ar is gunning for the top spot in Likud – and the premiership. But can he do it in a party where loyalty is the key to succession?
Kahol Lavan, the party of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rival Benny Gantz, has announced that a delegation on its behalf will not meet with Likud’s negotiation team on Wednesday as it was scheduled to.