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.
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.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz will meet on Wednesday evening in a last effort by the encumbered leader to form a coalition through a national unity government, as his pre-indictment hearings in three corruption cases begin the same day.
On what planet is President Reuven Rivlin living?
MK Ofer Shelah of Kahol Lavan, who was interviewed after Tibi, said he did not rule out such a proposal.
The negotiation teams for Likud and Kahol Lavan are meeting on Sunday morning at the Knesset.
For almost a year, Israel has been in a state of political fog and a sense of governmental instability. However, despite the attempt to create symmetry in the endless blame game between the sides, this must be stated simply: The current crisis is a direct outcome of a multiyear right-wing regime of incitement and instigation, which is determined to destroy Israel’s democratic infrastructure and has delegitimized millions of citizens, whether minorities or political rivals.
So President Reuven Rivlin’s bid to forcibly mediate between the master inciter, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the opposition that arose as authentic resistance to the destruction he sowed, defeats the extremely important purpose the Israeli citizen now faces – to end the ongoing nightmare in which Israel is immersed.
Less than six months ago Netanyahu was given the opportunity to form a government and failed to do so. He even refused to return the mandate to the president and allow another candidate to try to form a government. Nevertheless, he has been given another opportunity now. Hopefully he will fail again. To that end, the left-wing bloc must close ranks and persist in its refusal to be part of a government led by a criminal defendant (subject to a hearing), even if the price is another election. It’s time for Netanyahu to leave the stage.
If Rivlin concludes that no candidate can form a government, he may choose to shorten the process, sources believe. If Netanyahu fails on his first try, Rivlin won’t grant Netanyahu an extra two weeks to try to form a coalition. Rivlin then may announce that he does not believe Gantz can form a coalition either.
From this point, the Knesset will have three weeks to consolidate support of 61 lawmaker behind a different candidate. If one is found, he could be granted another two-week extension by the president. If the nominated candidate also proves unable to build a coalition, the Knesset will dissolve and third election will be held.
Israel’s president tasked Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday with assembling a new government after power-sharing talks with his strongest rival, Benny Gantz, failed following an inconclusive election.
Balad announces it won’t back Gantz, leaving Kahol Lavan with 54 recommendations, while 55 lawmakers said they would recommend Netanyahu ■ Rivlin summons Gantz, Netanyahu for meeting after consultations
Odeh and his colleagues recommended Gantz as the lesser of two evils, recognizing that not recommending him was tantamount to recommending Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has incited against them mercilessly during all his years at the helm, and even more strongly during every election campaign. Gantz didn’t exactly earn their support; he received it as a gift from the corrupt and corrupting Netanyahu regime that had marked Israeli Arabs as an internal enemy, a fifth column and dangerous accomplices to terror.
September 22, 2019
By the end of Sunday’s consultations, former IDF chief Benny Gantz secured more recommendations than Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu angrily fired back at the Arab Joint List for recommending rival Benny Gantz to be the next prime minister, insisting if given the mandate he would work to form a „broad national unity government.“
Israel’s Arab parties on Sunday broke longstanding precedent by endorsing former IDF chief Benny Gantz for prime minister after last week’s hard-fought elections.
The Israeli government has done everything in its power to reject those of us who are Arab Palestinian citizens, but our influence has only grown. We will be the cornerstone of democracy.