The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament abandoned its usual hands-off stance on Sept. 22 and endorsed former military chief Benny Gantz for prime minister, potentially giving him the edge over hard-line incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz launched negotiations on Monday over a proposed Israeli unity government and a key politician said the focus was on who would lead it first under a rotation deal.
Incumbent had invited main rival Benny Gantz to form 'broad, unity government'
Israeli president tasked with choosing candidate to form Israel’s next government after inconclusive election
Benjamin Netanyahu has come out narrowly ahead of his rival, Benny Gantz, during consultations with Israeli parliamentarians on who should lead the next government, although it remained unclear if he would be chosen to form a coalition.
President Reuven Rivlin ended two days of talks on Monday with representatives from all the Knesset parties, following a stalled election last week that has thrown uncertainly over the country’s political future. Continue reading...
The Arab bloc in Israel’s parliament has endorsed Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz for prime minister. With that nod, Gantz looks to edge by incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu in the number
Israel’s long-marginalised Arab minority is throwing around its new-found weight.The Joint List of Arab parties, significantly strengthened by Israel’s inconclusive September 17 election, recommended on Sunday that former military chief Benny Gantz form the next government. Its backing could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to tap Gantz instead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whose nationalist campaign preyed on anti-Arab sentiment.That Israeli Arabs would recommend Gantz, whose Blue and…
Israel’s Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were in a stand-off over calls for a unity government on Thursday as election results put the prime minister’s long tenure in office at risk.In a major development following Tuesday’s polls, Netanyahu said he preferred to form a right-wing coalition, but the results showed it was not possible.He urged Gantz to join him in forming a unity government instead, and the two men shook hands when they crossed paths at a memorial event…
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were deadlocked with nearly all votes from the country’s general election counted on Wednesday, raising the possibility of a unity government or even the end of the premier’s long rule.Various Israeli media reported that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White had 32 seats each of parliament’s 120 with more than 90 per cent of the vote counted.The reports were citing sources with the elections…
What appears as an ideological rift within the alliance of Arab factions may in fact have been coordinated with Benny Gantz's party
Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan may owe two of its Knesset seats to Arab voters from Druze and Bedouin communities, say Arab society experts based on preliminary election results
Israel's Arab parties reluctantly broke with tradition and backed a candidate for prime minster, former Israeli military chief Benny Gantz.
Israel is facing political turmoil as Tuesday's election remains too close to call. With 92% of the vote counted, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party and ex-military chief Benny Gantz's Blue and White party appear to be nearly tied. Both leading candidates aiming to be prime minister had run on platforms vowing to take harsh measures targeting Palestinians. Netanyahu promised to annex nearly a third of the occupied West Bank, in violation of international law, if he won re-election. Earlier this year, Gantz bragged about bombing Gaza back to the "Stone Ages." On Tuesday night, Gantz said he had fulfilled his mission by preventing Netanyahu's outright re-election, while Netanyahu did not claim victory or concede defeat in a speech to supporters. From Jerusalem, we speak with Palestinian attorney Diana Buttu about the significance of the snap election. "It's not clear who will be the ultimate victor," Buttu says. "I can tell you who will be the ultimate loser, and that's the Palestinian people."
Arab alliance politicians say they won't follow others by recommending Benny Gantz to head new Israeli government.
Benny Gantz, whose centrist bloc narrowly defeated Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party in a snap election, says he is forming a government that will exclude the current prime minister – signaling the end of Bibi’s era may be near.
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Benny Gantz, the ex-IDF commander who is set to end Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's 13-year tenure, is mostly an unknown entity outside of Israel. Who is he and what can we expect from a Gantz government?
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Benjamin Netanyahu reached out to his major rival Benny Gantz of the centrist Blue and White party, suggesting that they form a broad coalition and implicitly admitting defeat in Israel’s contentious general election.
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PM Benjamin Netanyahu and his main opponent Benny Gantz held talks after inconclusive elections.
Benny Gantz and his opposition Blue and White party have held a steady lead over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Likud party.
Ultra-nationalist leader Avigdor Lieberman, who has emerged as the "kingmaker" in the formation of the next Israeli govt, has asked Prime Minister Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz to "flip a coin" to decide who takes the first shot at premiership in a rotation arrangement. Netanyahu reached out to Gantz to join hands to form a national unity govt, but the latter said that he would be PM.
After Israel’s deadlock election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief opponent, Benny Gantz, agreed to try to negotiate a power-sharing deal.
The prime minister called on his rival, Benny Gantz, to meet right away, in a dramatic bid to remain in power. His opponents called it just posturing.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his centrist challenger, Benny Gantz, appeared to be neck and neck as Israel’s second election in five months drew to a close Tuesday night.
Near-complete official results Friday confirmed a deadlock in Israel's general election this week, giving the party led by Benny Gantz a slim lead over Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, but without an obvious path to form a majority coalition.