Netanyahu calls for Israeli unity government with rival Benny Gantz

Saturday, 21 Sep, 2019

First got here the do-over voting. Now comes the strategy-over haggling.

The election was Israel's second this year after another dead heat in April.

After a bad showing in April, Arab parties reunited into a single alliance this election in an attempt to raise their joint influence, a strategy that also appeared to have worked.

On Thursday morning, at Netanyahu's initiative, all the right-wing parties signed a "technical bloc" agreement declaring that they would only join a government headed by Netanyahu.

"Blue and White has at the time I am speaking won 33 seats, while Netanyahu has not obtained a sufficient majority to form a coalition as he hoped". At the same time, Lieberman is unlikely to sit with leftist Arab parties whose support Gantz would need to secure a majority. He appointed Tourism Minister Yariv Levin to guide his coalition negotiations.

The stakes for Netanyahu are high.

In fact, Netanyahu is threatened with three court cases for bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Political observers do not rule out that Netanyahu could offer Avigdor Lieberman a rotation in the office of prime minister.

With almost 97 per cent of votes counted on Thursday, Gantz's Blue and White party stood at 33 seats in Israel's 120-seat Parliament. The Israeli left and the centre camp were united in ending Netanyahu's long-standing reign.

"One person is preventing right now the establishment of a liberal unity government".

Gantz tried to paint Netanyahu as divisive and scandal-plagued, offering himself as a calming influence and honest alternative. Lieberman had made it a condition of allying with ultra-Orthodox Jewish parties that they adopt a law aimed at having ultra-Orthodox Jews serve in the military like their secular counterparts. "There is clearly a price for incitement".

Blue and White dismissed the offer, with senior sources within the party telling Hebrew-language media that it was political spin by Netanyahu: "He has chose to go to third elections and is trying to foist the blame onto us". They lost seats, leaving him and not utilizing a distinct direction to victory and main many analysts to repeat his storied political profession imperiled.

"Blue and and White is the biggest party, and Benny Gantz should form a unity government and head it", the sources added. "Therefore, there is no choice but to form a broad unity government, as wide as possible, made up of all those who cherish the State of Israel", Netanyahu stated Thursday.

Local media reported that a senior official with Gantz's centrist party, Blue and White, has rejected Netanyahu's call as a "spin". His birthday celebration has garnered about 9 seats, giving him a doubtless kingmaker characteristic in any coalition.

Tuesday's election results are a devastating result for Netanyahu personally for whom the ability to form a government is his stay out of jail card. Now Likud operatives are even discussing the prospect of a 3rd vote in coming months.

The final election results can take more than a week, but partial results are published by the Knesset, Israel's national legislature, as the vote-counting proceeds, so a clearer picture will likely emerge within a day before the final tally.

"But to my regret, the election results show that this is impossible", Netanyahu said.

Joint List leader Ayman Odeh could potentially become the country's first-ever Arab opposition leader if a unity government between Blue and White and Likud is formed.

Netanyahu positioned pain of Arab preserve an eye on come the heart of his advertising campaign, and the premise of Arabs in the manager anxious some of his supporters. In the latest round, both major parties lost seats and the country is nowhere near forming a stable government. He had voted for the Yamina birthday celebration, an ultranationalist correct-soar faction.

Issa, 50, who did not want to give his full name, said he had been motivated by dislike of Netanyahu.