MADRID, Nov. 20 (EUROPE PRESS) –
The Prime Minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu, and opposition leader Benny Gantz have completed a meeting on Wednesday without making further progress towards the formation of a unity government that will unlock the political situation just 24 hours after the deadline to create an Executive, as reported by the local newspaper 'The Jerusalem Post'.
The two political leaders have met at the prime minister's office in Jerusalem in an attempt to accelerate negotiations to achieve a coalition government. However, the situation has not been unlocked due to several of its differences.
Netanyahu has accused Gantz of “rejecting the proposal of the president (Reuven Rivlin) and ignoring the will of the majority of the citizens of the nation, who want to see a broad government of national unity together.”
“Gantz intends to form a minority government based on avoiding the Joint Arab List,” said the prime minister. “These are the final moments of a historic decision, which will affect the security of the nation and its future,” he added.
For his part, Gantz said that “Israel needs a government of broad and liberal unity, composed mainly of the two main parties and led by Blue and White.”
Given the possibility of Israelis attending the polls again, he said that “a third round of elections is a bad thing, but you cannot give up the basic principles and values.”
“We will continue doing everything possible and move each stone to try to reach agreements and form a government, even in the remaining time, to avoid costly and unnecessary elections,” he added.
Rivlin and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman tried to mediate between Netanyahu and Gantz to reach a unity agreement. Rivlin met with Netanyahu and the Likud party negotiation team, while Liberman held separate meetings with Netanyahu and then with Gantz.
The president of Israel did not rule out at the beginning of the week the holding of a third election due to the stagnation of the talks.
Netanyahu returned the mandate to Rivlin after not being able to reach an agreement, so the responsibility fell on Gantz, who has a few days left to close a coalition. If he does not manage to form an Executive within the granted period, any other deputy of the Knesset may opt for a period of 21 days to form a government, according to Israeli regulations, which provides that if it is not achieved by these means the elections can be repeated again.