Tag: Benny Gantz

Netanyahu takes office in deal that could see West Bank annexation

Benjamin Netanyahu has been sworn in as Israel’s prime minister, heading a unity government in which he will rotate the leadership with his former rival, Benny Gantz, in a deal that could see the annexation of large parts of the West Bank. The coalition agreement ends a deadlock that has dragged on for more than 500 days. […]

World leaders, Pompeo congratulate Israel on new unity government

Several world leaders and US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Israel on Sunday on the formation of its new government. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a message to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote that she was looking forward to continuing cooperation with him. “Germany will continue to stand up for Israel and for peace […]

PM warns of possible 4th elections if High Court intervenes in coalition deal

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday said that the High Court of Justice should not interfere with his efforts to form a government between his Likud party and Blue and White, and warned that if it did so it would increase the chances of a fourth election. The High Court on Sunday heard petitions against […]

Israel at risk of fourth election as court probes Netanyahu eligibility

Israel’s Supreme Court began a two-day hearing yesterday to determine whether Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment on criminal charges disqualifies him from forming a new government. A ruling against Mr Netanyahu would be likely to trigger a snap election, the fourth since April 2019. Mr Netanyahu and main rival Benny Gantz signed an agreement last […]

Up against the clock and the constitution, new coalition is far from a done deal

On April 20, many Israelis earnestly believed the deal was done. Benny Gantz and Benjamin Netanyahu, after 18 months of electioneering and three rounds at the ballot box and campaigns of unprecedented vilification, had signed a coalition agreement. Some praised the agreement. About one in six Israelis told pollsters they would vote for Gantz again […]

How Covid-19 and Benny Gantz saved Netanyahu

Perhaps there’s no country in the world where the novel coronavirus has had more of an immediate political impact than Israel. What three elections in barely a year could not accomplish — the formation of a government — a virus could. But Covid-19 had help from a patriotic and risk-averse Benny Gantz, who ran last […]

Ins and outs of Israel’s unprecedented national emergency unity government

Israel’s 15-month political stalemate, which led to three election cycles within the course of a year, has come to a close with the signing of a unity government deal between Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, head of the Likud Party, and Blue and White Party head Benny Gantz. The two sides are calling it a […]

The deal is done: Netanyahu, Gantz ink coalition pact

Israel will soon have a new coalition government after an agreement was signed on Monday evening between Likud and Blue and White, putting an end to a 17-month political stalemate that resulted in three elections. As part of the deal, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has served as caretaker prime minister since December 2018, will […]

Rivlin gives Knesset 21 days to agree on the PM it wants, or go to new election

President Reuven Rivlin informed Knesset Speaker Benny Gantz on Thursday morning that his mandate to form a government had ended, after the Blue and White party leader failed to present a government to the parliament by Wednesday night’s midnight deadline. Rivlin announced earlier this week he would not hand the mandate to Gantz’s rival, Likud […]

Likud, Blue and White to “continue talks” – statement

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and former IDF chief of staff Benny Gantz’s Blue and White will continue, the parties said in a joint statement Friday morning, Ynet reported. According to the statement, published following a Thursday meeting between the parties’ representatives, negotiations will continue on Friday in order to reach a national […]