Posts Tagged ‘gantz’

‘Coronavirus a gift to Netanyahu’: Activists slam Gantz, Netanyahu annexation plans

After over a year of back and forth, and multiple stalemates, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Kahol Lavan Chairman Benny Gantz have finally come to an agreement, paving the way for the establishment of a Likud-Kahol Lavan unity government. Their first order of business? Annexing the West Bank. Israeli media reported on Monday that […]

Gantz and Netanyahu reportedly agree on annexing West Bank — and liberal Zionists appeal to Pelosi

Ten days ago the big news from Israel was that Benny Gantz was abandoning his opposition to Benjamin Netanyahu amid the coronavirus emergency and they were moving to form a “unity” government of former rivals, with a strong and all-Jewish majority: Netanyahu’s rightwing bloc of 58 seats + 15 or so of Gantz’s shattered centrist […]

Gantz says forming a unity government might take a little more time

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Blue and White, Labor plan merger as Gantz and Netanyahu hold coalition talks

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz met with Labor chief Amir Peretz on Monday to discuss a possible merger of their parties as they are set to join the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, following the dissolution of Labor’s alliance with the left-wing Meretz. The talks came as Gantz also met Monday with Netanyahu […]

Netanyahu uses coronavirus to lure rival Gantz into ‘emergency’ government

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at trying to put together a coalition government. […]

Abandoning core vow, doesn’t Gantz risk harming the democracy he said he’d save?

For 38 years, Benny Gantz put his life on the line for the sake of his country. His outstanding military career began with a minor role in the security detail protecting Anwar Sadat, when the Egyptian president made his earthshaking visit to Israel in 1977. And it took him — through decades of heroic service […]

‘Black flag’ activists protest against Gantz outside homes of his party’s MKs

Dozens of demonstrators in the so-called black flag movement drove on Saturday to the homes of several Knesset members of Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience party to protest his shock decision Thursday to join a unity government under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while breaking up the Blue and White alliance. The protesters were also demanding that, […]

Gantz will block annexation, Palestinians are at last a ‘player’ — J Street sees upside in Israeli politics

The Israel lobby group J Street had a webinar today in which its leaders declared two silver linings from the stunning elevation of Netanyahu yesterday that ends a year of political stalemate: 1, Benny Gantz may have betrayed the Israeli center that wanted to dethrone Netanyahu, but as Netanyahu’s partner he will prevent the Israeli […]

Labor, Gesher said set to join Gantz in gov’t; Liberman allies say ‘no chance’

Sources close to Yisrael Beytenu chief Avgidor Liberman said Friday there was “no chance” of Liberman following Benny Gantz in entering Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government, even as the former Blue and White leader said he was “at peace” with his unavoidable decision at a time of national crisis. The sources told several Hebrew media […]

Fool me once: Did the Joint List make a mistake backing Benny Gantz?

In the face of a global health disaster and a constitutional crisis in Israel, Blue and White leader Benny Gantz shattered a year’s worth of commitment to voters on Thursday by agreeing to enter a “national emergency government” led by Israel’s very, very long-serving prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu. The details of the government are not […]

Gantz chooses Netanyahu’s incitement over Arab-Jewish partnership

Benny Gantz had three choices before him. He could have betrayed his voters by reneging on his central campaign promise of being an alternative to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Alternatively, he could have betrayed his second campaign promise to not rely on the Joint List to form a minority government. Or lastly, he could have […]

Netanyahu, Gantz talk up unity as their parties sling mud at each other

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz on Tuesday both expressed willingness to continue efforts to form a unity government that would include both their parties, even as Likud and Blue and White kept hurling accusations at each other. Gantz was tasked last week with forming a government after 61 lawmakers backed him […]

Arab-Israeli parties just recommended Benny Gantz to be prime minister. Here’s why that’s historic.

(JTA) — Amid all the justifiable focus on the coronavirus and its consequences, there was major political news in Israel this week: Benny Gantz, the Blue and White party leader, was tapped by the president to assemble a government coalition — bringing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu closer to his ouster than he’s been in 11 […]

Gantz full text: I aim to form a national, patriotic, broad government in days

The following is the official English translation of Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz’s speech at the President’s Residence on March 16, after he was charged with forming a government: Mr. President. My fellow Israelis. Get The Times of Israel’s Daily Edition by email and never miss our top stories Free Sign Up These are […]

Gantz asks to meet party heads to form government, but rightist chairs refuse

Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz phoned the leaders of most parties in the Knesset on Monday as he sought to hit the ground running upon receiving the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin to form the government. However, he was given a cold shoulder from the three religious and right-wing parties, whose chairmen refused to […]

Coronavirus may force Gantz to form unity government with Netanyahu

As the coronavirus continued to sweep across Israel, it seemed like embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was catching a break. Over the weekend, due to a “state of extraordinary emergency,” the acting Justice Minister issued an order to postpone Netanyahu’s criminal trial — during which he will face charges of bribery, corruption, and fraud […]

Gesher’s Levy-Abekasis may not recommend Gantz to form government – reports

Labor-Gesher-Meretz MK Orly Levy-Abekasis is not expected to recommend Blue and White chairman Benny Gantz be tasked with forming the next government, senior officials in Labor told Channel 13 news on Thursday. Levy-Abekasis earlier this week said she would refuse to back a Gantz-led government supported by the Joint List of four predominantly Arab parties, […]

Gantz, Peretz press ahead with center-left coalition bid despite setbacks

Despite the setback in recent days of three MKs from the center and left announcing they opposed a minority government dependent on the Arab-majority Joint List, the heads of Blue and White and Labor insisted they were still on track to form a government and oust long-serving premier Benjamin Netanyahu. Blue and White party leader […]

Head of Arab nationalist faction in Joint List sets terms for supporting Gantz

If the Blue and White party wants the support of the Joint List, it will have to make an official approach and openly request coalition negotiations with the mostly-Arab alliance, Mtanes Shihadeh, the leader of the alliance’s Balad faction, said Sunday in an interview with Army Radio. “The Joint List won’t repeat the mistake of […]

Gantz: We’ll respect the voters’ decision, Likud doesn’t have majority

Benny Gantz on Tuesday offered his first reaction to the incomplete results of Monday’s Knesset elections, which showed his Blue and White party coming in second place to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud, saying he respects the voters’ decision but adding that the final tally should be waited for. “The election results are coming in […]

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