0 Shares 126 Views

Netanyahu rival voted in as speaker, paving way for unity government

Mar 26, 2020
0 127

Benny Gantz, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s chief political rival, was voted in as the speaker of Israel’s parliament on Thursday, paving the way for an emergency unity government to be formed.

“To exhaust the possibility of forming a national emergency government, I decided to put my candidacy forward for the position of speaker of the Knesset,” Gantz explained after the vote. “These are unusual times and they call for unusual decisions.”

Gantz’s appointment leaves the door open for his centrist Blue and White party to form a coalition government with Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament.

However, his decision to nominate himself as speaker appears to have cost him the unity of the Blue and White party, which has come up short in taking power in three inconclusive elections in less than a year.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="The latest election held on March 2 saw neither Likud nor Blue and White capturing enough seats to form a majority government, even with the backing of smaller parties.” data-reactid=”16″>The latest election held on March 2 saw neither Likud nor Blue and White capturing enough seats to form a majority government, even with the backing of smaller parties.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Israeli media reported Thursday that Blue and White’s co-leaders Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon filed a request to split from the rest of the party in the Knesset moments before the vote on Gantz’s nomination.” data-reactid=”17″>Israeli media reported Thursday that Blue and White’s co-leaders Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya’alon filed a request to split from the rest of the party in the Knesset moments before the vote on Gantz’s nomination.

Blue and White had intended to nominate another lawmaker, who is part of a different faction of the party, and to use the position to push for legislation that would prevent an indicted lawmaker from becoming prime minister. In November, Netanyahu was indicted on charges of bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

Likud hit back by saying that if Blue and White pursued this approach it would put an end to any discussions to form a unity government between the two camps — a move that could see Israel dragged into a fourth election.

The political crisis in Israel has persisted even as the country tackles the outbreak of the global coronavirus. The Israeli health ministry confirmed Thursday that more than 2,600 patients were being treated for COVID-19, and so far it has registered eight deaths.

The stakes are particularly high for Netanyahu, who was to go on trial on corruption charges this month but managed to postpone his court date due to the coronavirus outbreak.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving prime minister, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of bribery and a maximum three-year term for fraud and breach of trust, according to legal experts. He has denied any wrongdoing and said he is the victim of a "witch hunt."” data-reactid=”24″>Netanyahu, Israel’s longest serving prime minister, faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted of bribery and a maximum three-year term for fraud and breach of trust, according to legal experts. He has denied any wrongdoing and said he is the victim of a “witch hunt.”

You may be interested

Biden rows back from embarrassing interview where he said Latinos are 'incredibly diverse' unlike African-Americans
Entertainment
23 views
Entertainment
23 views

Biden rows back from embarrassing interview where he said Latinos are 'incredibly diverse' unlike African-Americans

Webby - August 7, 2020

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, on June 25, 2020.JIM WATSON/AFP via Getty ImagesJoe Biden rowed back comments suggesting that African-Americans as a group do…

Man fights with bear after it enters home with 10 kids inside, Alaska officials say
Entertainment
43 views
Entertainment
43 views

Man fights with bear after it enters home with 10 kids inside, Alaska officials say

Webby - August 7, 2020

An Alaska man went toe-to-toe with a home-intruding black bear, outlets report, putting himself between 10 children and the 300-pound predator that wandered into the living room.The…

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police
Entertainment
37 views
Entertainment
37 views

Minneapolis leaders push ahead with efforts to change police

Webby - August 6, 2020

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minneapolis leaders who pledged to dismantle the city’s Police Department in the wake of George Floyd’s death won’t achieve the type of structural overhaul…

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Most from this category