Netanyahu and Gantz Trade Jabs Before and After Election

In a bid to prevent Netanyahu from forming a government, the Movement for Quality Government in Israel filed a petition with Israel’s High Court of Justice arguing that Netanyahu should not be allowed to form the next government as he faces trial on criminal charges. The group said that “A person accused of criminal charges, in particular serious charges such as bribery, fraud and breach of trust, cannot be seen as fit to take upon himself the role of forming a government.” The organization also accused the interim prime minister of “launching direct and harmful attacks against the components of Israeli democracy” and engaging “in a methodical and premeditated process of delegitimization of law enforcement authorities and their executive bodies — from the police, through to the State Attorney’s Office, the attorney general, the Knesset legal adviser, the courts and judges.” Reported by The Times of Israel (03/03/20). Read more…

Shortly after the results started coming in, Avigdor Liberman pledged that his Yisrael Beiteinu party would do “everything” to prevent a fourth round of elections. “As we promised voters, we will do everything to prevent fourth elections,” Liberman told reporters. Reported by The Times of Israel (03/03/20).Read more…

A week later, Liberman laid out five conditions for joining a potential coalition. Likud rejected the conditions because they contained secularist demands unacceptable to the ultra-Orthodox parties that support Netanyahu. Blue and White, however, quickly accepted the demands. Reported by The Times of Israel (03/08/20). Read more…