Likud, Blue and White Spar Over Mandate

The tug-of-war between the two dominant parties in Israel’s recent elections continues. According to David Bitan, a Likud lawmaker, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will not seek an extension of this mandate to form a new government. Bitan said the reason is down to opposition party leader Benny Gantz, who he says refuses to discuss forming a unity government with Netanyahu. Reported by i24News. Read more…

Netanyahu took his plea to Facebook, warning of Gantz’s plan to form a “dangerous” minority government. “Gantz refused unity,” Netanyahu wrote, claiming that two Arab Joint list members, Ayman Odeh and Ahmed Tibi posed a threat to Israel because they refused to condemn Palestinian violence. Reported by i24 News. Read more…

Avigdor Liberman, leader of the Yisrael Beiteinu party, fired back, saying the prime minister had failed “three times in a row to form a government.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…

Benny Gantz, for his part, urged Netanyahu to return his mandate to give Gantz a shot at forming a government. “I call on Netanyahu: every day that passes is a waste. Return the mandate to the country’s president in order for me to form a liberal unity government,” Gantz said during a speech. He also said that “You all know that since I entered the political arena I haven’t missed an opportunity to call for unity.” Reported by i24 News. Read more…