Israeli President Taps Netanyahu Foe To Form New Government

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Israeli President Taps Netanyahu Foe To Form New Government
Benny Gantz tapped to create a new government, putting Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's political future in jeopardy.
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The Israeli president has chosen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's rival to try to form a new government, potentially ending a contested election lasting almost a year.


 

President Reuven Rivlin announced Sunday he would tap Benny Gantz to create a new government, putting Netanyahu's political future into jeopardy.

The decision comes after the president met with the two men to end the political deadlock. Three elections have failed to create a consensus.

Netanyahu's Likud party gained the most seats in the March 2nd election, but wasn't able to obtain control of parliament. The rival parties, who together hold a 62-seat majority, recommended Gantz be made prime minister-designate.

That support is fragmented however, even though it gives Gantz a slim chance of putting together a new government.

Rivlin summoned the two rivals to settle the instability in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic — which has led Israel to close its borders. The virus has been cited in delaying Netanyahu’s long-awaited trial on bribery and other corruption charges.