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A new meeting between Netanyahu and Gantz ends without agreement to try to form a government in Israel

December 3, 2019


The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the leader of the Blue and White opponent, Benjamin Gantz, have closed without agreement on Tuesday a new meeting to try to form a government and avoid third elections in the country.

The Likud said after the meeting, which lasted about 45 minutes, that Gantz has rejected a proposal for a rotation in the post of prime minister that would be backed by law so that neither party would violate it.

“Despite our significant concessions, Azul and Blanco continues to avoid a unity government,” he said, before charging against the 'number two' of the opposition party, Yair Lapid, who opposes this rotation agreement in front of the Executive.

Blue and White sources had indicated before the meeting that one of their demands is that Gantz occupies the first position of prime minister in the framework of a revolving agreement, as reported by the Israeli newspaper 'The Jerusalem Post'.

Thus, Gantz himself said Monday that the formation “is ready for a rotation.” “I will have a two-year term while you try to remain the leader of the Likud,” he told Netanyahu, referring to his legal problems following his corruption complaint.

For his part, the leader of Yisrael Beitenu, Avigdor Lieberman, said on Tuesday that he could be reconsidering joining a right-wing government. “I don't know what is worse, if a limited government or new elections,” he has argued.

Netanyahu and Gantz have already returned the mandate given to them by the president, Reuven Rivlin, after not being able to form a coalition in the 28 days they had each of them to materialize their efforts.

Tuesday’s meeting took place eight days after the 21-day deadline for a parliamentarian to get the support of 61 parliamentarians – most of the Knesset – to head a government.

Otherwise, the country will hold its third elections in less than a year, after those of April were settled without the parties reaching an agreement, a situation that could be repeated after the September elections.