Tag: Unity Government

Why Netanyahu is not planning to resign

While Israel’s government remains in a period of unprecedented paralysis, embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remains entrenched in his position, despite being handed a series of criminal indictments that have been followed by calls from political opponents as well as longtime supporters for him to step aside and allow someone else to take over, either […]

Neither Netanyahu nor Gantz Is Backing Down. There’s a 99% Certainty Israel Is Going to Election

The most frustrating week for the heads of Kahol Lavan – the four in the comfort of the so-called cockpit, and also the rest, stuck in the passenger section – followed the attorney general’s decision to indict Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in three corruption cases. They’d expected drama, inflamed passions, an earthquake. But instead of […]

Committee sets February 25 as earliest date for possible 3rd election

The Central Elections Committee has identified February 25, 2020 as the earliest possible date that fresh elections, an unprecedented third vote in less than a year, can be held if the current political deadlock remains unbroken. Two rounds of elections, in April and September, failed to produce an elected government — a first in Israeli […]

No agreement reached during Netanyahu, Gantz talks as third election looms

No agreement was reached Tuesday night between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz, who finished coalition talks at the Prime Minister’s Office in Tel Aviv after only 45 minutes, and eight days before next Wednesday night’s deadline to form a government. The Likud complained after the meeting, which Netanyahu […]

Netanyahu, Gantz spar over possible defense pact with US

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White head Benny Gantz sparred over the wisdom of a security pact with the United States, something that Netanyahu said was among the things Israel used to “dream about.” Speaking at a cornerstone-laying ceremony for 12 new factories in Ashkelon, Netanyahu said that this was among the topics […]

With Nine Days Left to Form a Government, Can Israelis Be Spared a Third Election?

Just nine days remain until the period ends in which the Knesset can present a candidate to form a government. If that effort is unsuccessful, the Knesset will dissolve and a third round of elections will be inevitable. If, on the other hand, a Knesset member is successful in collecting the required 61 signatures, the […]

Benny Gantz, Netanyahu readying compromises on unity

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz is prepared to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in making compromises ahead of the December 11 deadline to form a government and prevent a third election in under a year, sources close to Gantz said on Sunday. Netanyahu already compromised by dropping his insistence on serving as prime minister […]

Netanyahu Warns of ‘Unprecedented Emergency’ if Gantz Forms Government Backed by Arab Party

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Saturday against the possibility that Benny Gantz will establish a minority government, which Netanyahu says will be backed by Arab lawmakers. “We are facing an emergency that is unprecedented in the history of the State of Israel,” he said. “There is an agreement among Kahol Lavan [leaders] to go […]

Blue and White may call Knesset vote on gov’t without a coalition

The chances of Blue and White Party leader Benny Gantz forming a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are slim, but Gantz is also unlikely to establish a minority government supported by the Joint List even though his bloc has not ruled it out, sources in the faction said on Sunday. Talk of an […]

Rivlin urges Blue and White, Likud ‘to get a grip’ and form government

With MK Benny Gantz’s deadline to form a government looming, President Reuven Rivlin on Sunday called on the Blue and White and Likud parties to put their differences aside and form a government to avoid a third round of elections in less than a year. “Enough! We do not need another round of elections,” Rivin […]