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Jun 21, 2022

Gantz continues to refuse

It seems Opposition parties are scrambling to try to form an alternative government before the dispersal of the Knesset so as to avoid elections. There are reports that the Likud has now offered Benny Gantz and Kachol Lavan a deal by which they would form a government in which Gantz would be Prime Minister first in a rotation arrangement, starting off as temporary PM of the caretaker government (which should be a very short post theoretically) and then continue for the first year, before transferring the premiership to Netanyahu.

Reportedly Gantz refused.

I understand that until now he has refused such advances so as not to bring down the government to bring back Netanyahu, but at this point the government is already brought down (though technically it will only be brought down in a few more days), so I am not sure who he is remaining loyal to. Unless he really does not trust Netanyahu even at this point - he has already been burned by Netanyahu, but at this point he doesnt have much to lose anyway. Also he might be taking an extremely moral and principled stand (even if only in his opinion) to not be the one effecting an indicted person and someone he considers not trustworthy, dishonest and immoral to return to power.

Or maybe it is just negotiating for a better deal, more than 1 year at the helm, or maybe some other conditions.

I wonder. At this point I am not sure what is happening

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1 comment:

  1. The last time Gantz formed a partnership with Netanyahu, he was afraid that he would be stabbed in the back. He had basic laws rewritten, created a brand new position (Alternative Prime Minister) and took every reasonable precaution to make sure the deal was honoured. For all his efforts, he still got stabbed in the back.

    Bibi did a pretty good job burning down that bridge. He prevented Gantz from being PM for 2 years. I don't know why there is such a surprise the Gantz isn't interested in the offer. I don't think Bibi has anything to offer that could reconcile his previous betrayal.


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