Likud: No unity government if Left blocks annexation

With less than 10 days to go, Blue and White leader informed President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday that he might need a 14-day extension to form a government due to complications in the coalition talks with Likud, despite optimism on both sides.

Gantz was tapped by Rivlin last month to form a government after a majority of Knesset members recommended him, despite Likud and its ideological allies emerging stronger than Gantz’s bloc following the March 2 election.

He then decided to take the unusual step and form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with each serving two years as prime minister. Netanyahu and Gantz instructed their respective negotiators to complete a draft of the agreement before Passover this week.