Opposition leader Gantz to be charged with forming government

At noon Monday, March 16, President Reuven Rivlin ceremonially charges opposition Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz with forming the next government, the third in less than a year, amid popular calls for a unity government to deal with the coronavirus emergency. The number of cases rose to 216.

Sunday evening, caretaker PM Binyamin Netanyahu sat down with Gantz at the president’s residence, after a day of trading blame for their failure to agree on unity. They then announced they had agreed to assign Likud and Kahol Lavan negotiating teams to meet soonest.
The two leading parties’ last window of opportunity for thrashing out a power-sharing formula ends at 4 p.m. on Monday when members of the 23rd Knesset elected on March 2 hold their opening session.

The President was obliged by law to entrust Benny Gantz with the first bid to form a government in view of recommendation by 61 lawmakers compared with the 58 won by Netanyahu.

If the two negotiating teams fail to forge a unity deal by the opening session of the Knesset, Kahol Lavan is poised to vote down Yuli Edelstein of Likud as Knesset Speaker and replace him with one of their number, MK Meir Cohen. Edelstein plans to fight his removal which he calls a “political putsch.” Gantz will then proceed to establish a government on the strength of the 61 MK recommendations to the President. It will be a minority government – minus the 15-member United Arab List

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12 thoughts on “Opposition leader Gantz to be charged with forming government

  • Mar 15, 2020 @ 22:56 at 22:56

    This will end bad.

  • Mar 15, 2020 @ 23:05 at 23:05

    This “Gov” won’t last 3 months !

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 0:36 at 0:36

    The corona pandemic would last longer, than this joke “government”…

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 1:45 at 1:45

    Rabbi Shlomo Goren on the Status of a Jewish Minority Government Supported by Arab Members of Knesset

    “Your question in your letter … when this government does not have a Jewish majority in the Knesset, but relies on the votes of Arabs. I wrote you that according to halakha this government does not have the validity of a majority, so its directives, if issued, to vacate settlements in Yesha, have no validity and authority by the majority of the people

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 5:04 at 5:04

    Gantz will fail, because he does NOT deserve to be the Prime Minister of Israel. He is a fraud. And Liberman
    is a traitor. Hashem is with Netanyahu, B’H.

    • Mar 16, 2020 @ 14:08 at 14:08

      I guess Gantz is even a lethal threat to Israel due to his readiness to include arabs (whos goal is to destroy the jewish state) into the gov.
      I guess Gantz is remote controlled puppet on strings – very dangerous for Israel….

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 6:08 at 6:08

    Victims of terror are sickened and betrayed by Benny Gantz, Yair Lapod, Yisrael Beytenu, and Moshe Yaalon! If the army falls into hands of these that work together with terrorists then Israel must kick them out of government before they make more decrees against Israel, against the Torah, and against Israeli soldiers!

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 7:24 at 7:24

    May the Great EinSof help BIBI defeat the wicked Benny Gantz and Lieberman who cavort with Amalek!!


  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 12:43 at 12:43

    4th Election now certain to get Bibi a landslide given Lieberman’s betrayal, Gantz incompetence, Ya’alon’s hypocricy and 15 Arab MKs out to destroy the Jews and their State. Hazak Ve Ematz Bibi

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 15:02 at 15:02

    Gantz is the Man

  • Mar 16, 2020 @ 19:03 at 19:03

    You all have one screwed up type of government. Maybe it is time to form a totally new type of government that doesn’t throw money at unwinnable contests.

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