Tag: Benny Gantz

Israel’s President Won’t Give Gantz More Time to Form Government

Israel’s President Reuven Rivlin has rejected Benny Gantz’s request for a two-week extension to try to form the next government, according to a statement made by his spokesman on Sunday. Rivlin made his decision after consulting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who “did not confirm” that his Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White parties are […]

Gantz’s Time Runs Out, and Netanyahu No Longer in a Rush to Form ‘Emergency’ Government

By Monday, the coalition agreement between Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz was fully decided. The ink cartridges were loaded and all that was needed was to hit the print button and sign. In the section relating to the annexation of parts of the West Bank, the only remaining question was if a specific sentence would […]

Gantz: Unity government, ‘but not at any cost’; Likud: He reversed his positions

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz said Wednesday he remains committed to forming a “national emergency government” after calling off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party this week, but there’s a limit to how much he’ll compromise to do so. In a Facebook post, Gantz put the blame for the stalled talks […]

Blue and White calls off coalition talks over dispute on judicial appointments

Having previously indicated a deal on an emergency unity government was done, the Blue and White party on Monday evening said it was breaking off coalition talks with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud over the latter’s efforts to walk back an agreement regarding judicial appointments. “After reaching understandings on all issues, the Likud party asked […]

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 […]

Will sovereignty issue derail unity talks?

Fundamental disagreements between Likud and Blue and White on the matter of applying Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley are hampering unity talks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants the new government to implement the move, but Blue and White has expressed its reservations. According to the Trump administration’s peace plan, Israel will be allowed to […]

Israel heads for unity government as Netanyahu rival Gantz puts coronavirus over politics

Israel’s leading opposition candidate, Benny Gantz, has agreed to form a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, ending a political deadlock that forced three elections in less than a year. The unexpected announcement sent shockwaves through Gantz’s Blue and White party over the weekend, and comes after he warned former allies in the party […]

Gantz may block settlement annexation by new government

  Blue and White leader Benny Gantz opposes unilateral settlement annexation, sources close to him said on Sunday, as negotiations continued for a unity government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu promised to apply Israeli law to all Israeli towns in the West Bank, in the framework of US President Donald Trump’s peace plan, which allows for […]

Elected Knesset speaker by right wing, Gantz heads for government with Netanyahu

After a dramatic U-turn, Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz was elected Knesset speaker Thursday evening as part of an emerging unity deal, breaking up his centrist alliance to enter a government with his longtime foe Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Receiving the full support of the right-wing bloc, Gantz was elected to the speaker’s […]

Netanyahu and Gantz discuss unity government, plan fresh talks

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz discussed the possibility of setting up an emergency government to tackle the coronavirus Wednesday, taking a rare step toward a much-touted unity coalition. The two spoke by phone and agreed negotiators from their respective parties would resume coalition talks on Thursday, according to […]