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Israel Fails to Form Government, 3rd Elections In One Year Edge Closer

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Israel Fails to Form Government, 3rd Elections In One Year Edge Closer

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On November 20th, Israeli Blue and White Party Leader Benny Gantz announced that he had failed to form a government was returning the mandate to Israeli President Reuven Rivlin.

he Blue and White Party leader said that he “turned over every stone” in his efforts to form a national unity government based on “respect, morals and values,” but the Netanyahu-led 55-seat Right-religious bloc stood as an obstacle in his way.

“There was a bloc in the way that cared about the good of one person,” he said, referring to Netanyahu. “It was trying to prevent Israel from having a government led by those who won and want political sanity and stability.”

Gantz accused the bloc of behaving undemocratically, “to prevent the citizens of Israel for more than a year from having a government led by the party that won a clear majority. No one has the right to deny the nation its choice. No one has the right to say ‘my personal interest comes before theirs.’

Most of the nation chose to weaken extremists, and most of the nation chose to go a different way than Netanyahu. I won’t be a partner to forcing an extremist agenda on most of the nation that chose otherwise,” he added.

He repeatedly said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his government acted out of personal interest and not for the good of the nation.

He accused Netanyahu of “leading [Israel] down a dangerous path that will have a high, historic price, and you are responsible for it.”

In response, Netanyahu released a video answering Gantz and accusing him of various things in response.

“Benny Gantz, it is not too late,” Netanyahu said. “Come sit together and announce still tonight that we are forming a unity government. This is what Israel needs. It is forbidden to drag Israel into additional elections.”

He called on Gantz to abandon Blue and White’s 2nd Yair Lapid and to form a unity government with Netanyahu, who also urgently needs immunity to avoid criminal proceedings against him.

Furthermore, Netanyahu said that Benny Gantz was looking to form a unity government with Arab members of parliament, calling them “terror supporters.”

It became impossible for Gantz to form a government when Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman ruled out helping to establish a minority government backed by the Joint List.

“We won’t enter a government backed directly or indirectly by the Joint List,” Liberman said.

Liberman also blamed Netanyahu for not giving up his bond with ultra-Orthodox parties, and ruled out joining a narrow right-wing government with Shas and United Torah Judaism.

But he said that he still hoped a third election within a year could be avoided. He expressed hope that a unity government could be formed in the next three weeks, when any member of parliament can form a coalition.

“If we are dragged into elections, it will be because of a lack of leadership,” Liberman said.

In usual Israeli conduct, whenever there is a significant internal political issue, an external issue that threatens the country’s security “accidentally” appears out of nowhere. Thus, it wouldn’t be unlikely that some “Iranian threat” or attacks are reported soon, or that some issue with Hamas or Islamic Jihad is escalated, simply to show that the people need Netanyahu’s leadership.

A 21-day period begins now, when every MP can be nominated for the Prime Minister post and needs 61 votes out of parliament’s 120 seats to attempt and form a unity government. If that fails, Israel will have its third elections in a year, which would exacerbate the country’s obvious political crisis. Such an outcome also puts Netanyahu under threat of being indicted.

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