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Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:22 AM

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government with him

Source: Reuters

WORLD NEWS SEPTEMBER 19, 2019 / 3:37 AM / UPDATED 40 MINUTES AGO

Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government with him

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on Thursday on his main rival, former general Benny Gantz, to join him in a broad, governing coalition after Israel’s election ended with no clear winner.

A spokeswoman for Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, had no immediate response to the surprise offer from Netanyahu, head of the right-wing Likud party.

The change of strategy reflected Netanyahu’s weakened position after he failed again in Tuesday’s election, which followed an inconclusive ballot in April, to secure a parliamentary majority.

“During the election campaign, I called for the establishment of a right-wing government but to my regret, the election results show that this is impossible,” Netanyahu said.

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Read more: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-israel-election/netanyahu-urges-rival-gantz-to-form-unity-government-with-him-idUSKBN1W40OV

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Reply Netanyahu urges rival Gantz to form unity government with him (Original post)
Eugene Sep 19 OP
Cartoonist Sep 19 #1
rpannier Sep 19 #4
Meadowoak Sep 19 #2
sprinkleeninow Sep 19 #3
rpannier Sep 19 #5
sprinkleeninow Sep 19 #6
rpannier Sep 19 #7
sprinkleeninow Sep 19 #8
sabbat hunter Sep 20 #9

Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:32 AM

1. Prop me up

I'm guessing Bibi would be in charge.

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Response to Cartoonist (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 04:45 AM

4. That I am certain is what he wants

So, he can avoid prosecution
I am certain the other reason why he's suggesting it is because if Gantz says no, then Leiberman will join Bibi's reichwing coalition

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:33 AM

2. Fuck off, Bibi!

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Response to Eugene (Original post)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 03:57 AM

3. Yah, boy. "Thanks, but no." eom

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 04:47 AM

5. Problem with saying No is, Netanyahu will likely then become PM

With Leiberman's party Bibi can become PM
Leiberman wants that coalition
If Gantz says No, Leiberman and his party may agree to support Bibi

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Response to rpannier (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 05:06 AM

6. So, Gantz would be smarter to accept netanyahu's proposal?

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 08:07 AM

7. It's complicated. A kind of Yes-No answer

By accepting he meets one of Leiberman's demands
If he agrees to it and says but w/o Netanyahu, Leiberman is likely to support that as well; esp since Leiberman has said he won't serve in a coalition with Netanyahu as PM
That would be my guess as to what he will probably do

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Response to rpannier (Reply #7)

Thu Sep 19, 2019, 05:32 PM

8. Got it. Yes, complicated. eom

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Response to rpannier (Reply #5)

Fri Sep 20, 2019, 09:24 AM

9. Lieberman

will only agree to support Bibi if UTJ and Shas are not in the coalition, which would leave Likud short of a majority.

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