Netanyahu rebuffed after appeal to Benny Gantz.

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Netanyahu rebuffed after coalition appeal to Benny Gantz. Binyajamin Netanyahu, left, with President Rivlin of Israel, centre, and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party. The three attended a memorial service to the late Israeli president Shimon Peres this morning / EPA, 2019.

Netanyahu rebuffed after coalition appeal to Benny Gantz. Binyajamin Netanyahu, left, with President Rivlin of Israel, centre, and Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party. The three attended a memorial service to the late Israeli president Shimon Peres this morning. Image Credit: EPA, 2019.

Binyamin Netanyahu rebuffed after coalition appeal to Benny Gantz.

BBinyamin Netanyahu’s attempt to win over his most powerful political rival was swiftly rebuffed today when Benny Gantz rejected his plea to join him in a national unity government, saying he deserved to lead himself. Mr Netanyahu’s surprise appeal to Mr Gantz marked an abrupt change of strategy for the embattled Israeli leader after he failed to secure a governing majority from voters.

With all but a few votes counted, Mr Gantz’s Blue and White party pulled farther ahead of Mr Netanyahu’s Likud, with 33 seats to 31, further undermining Mr Netanyahu’s claim on the right to form the next government. In a video message, Mr Netanyahu appealed to Mr Gantz to join him in a broad unity government, despite the centrist leader’s promise.

 

Information and Image have been shared from an Article by Anshel Pfeffer, Tel Aviv | Catherine Philp, Diplomatic Correspondent. published at The Times, London, UK, on September 19th, 2019. Image Credit: EPA, 2019.


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