Benny Gantz to be shot dead when drafting Israeli government after Netanyahu's failure
Former Israeli military chief Benny Ganz is ready to receive an official mandate to form the next government of the country, but there are several options after leaving him last month to close ties with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Netanyahu was given the first opportunity to form a government after assembling a large right bloc, but failed to build a 61-seat majority. Gantz faces similar steep odds, raising Israel's ability to hold a third election in less than a year.
President Royne Rivlin is due to give his official mandate later Wednesday to Gantz, who will have 28 days to form a coalition. This will mark the first time in more than a decade that everyone except Netanyahu has been given the task.
Still, Gantz faces steep odds on every possible path to forming a government. It has been approved by only 54 MPs representing a number of parties unlikely to sit together in a coalition.
Both Gantz and Netanyahu claim to support the government for national unity. Together, Netanyahu's Likud and Gantz's Blue and White control a solid 65-seat majority. But the two men are divided over who should lead each new government.
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President Royne Rivlin is due to give his official mandate later Wednesday to Gantz (pictured), who will have 28 days to form a coalition. This will mark the first time in more than a decade that someone other than Netanyahu has been given the task.
Netanyahu demanded that he head the government for at least the first two years and include his right-wing allies, terms that Gantz repeatedly denied.
It will probably be Netanyahu. Charged with corruption charges in the coming weeks, Ganz said Netanyahu must resolve his legal issues before returning to the top post.
Ganz could potentially break up the right-wing alliance and appoint some of the smaller parties in his coalition. But this can be seen as a great betrayal by the voters of these parties.
Another option would be to form a minority government with Avigdor Lieberman, who emerged as a royal producer after his party won eight seats and refused to approve either Gantt or Netanyahu, Gantz could succeed in convincing the Arab Joint List , which won 13 seats, to support the coalition outside.
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This will bring down Netanyahu but lead to a highly unstable government. Furthermore, it is not clear that Lieberman, a nationalist with a history of raw rhetoric against the Arab minority, would support such a scheme. No Arab party has ever sat in the Israeli government.
The political impasse has been since April, when Lieberman refused to join the right-wing coalition at Netanyahu. In response, parliament voted to dissolve, which led to unprecedented repeat elections in September. A similar scenario could be played again.
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The political impasse has delayed the release of the Trump administration from its long-awaited peace plan. The Palestinians have already rejected the plan, accusing the administration of extreme and unfair bias against Israel.