Israel: Knesset swears in Netanyahu-Gantz unity government after 18 month stalemate

After three elections and a months-long political deadlock, Israel finally swore in a new unity government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and former rival and Blue and White Leader Benny Gantz in Jerusalem on Sunday. The Knesset voted confidence of Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Gantz by a vote of 73 to 46. «The new government was formed in the will of most of the citizens of Israel... Еще and it will serve all the citizens of the State of Israel, Jews and non-Jews,» said Netanyahu while addressing the parliamentarians. Gantz, vice and future prime minister, continued: «Maybe it would have been easier for many reasons for both of us to go for another round of elections. We both made a difficult decision, but the right decision for the people of Israel.» He praised Netanyahu for accepting the voters’ decision and sharing «the helm» with him and his Blue and White party. «This is a decision worthy of leadership, bold and important,» Gantz added. The swearing-in ceremony was initially scheduled for Thursday, but it had to be postponed as Netanyahu reportedly failed to complete his allocated ministerial appointments. The 35th Israeli government will consist of a coalition led by incumbent Netanyahu's right-wing Likud party and Benny Gantz's centrist Blue and White party. The coalition is founded on the premise of an alternating prime ministership, in which Netanyahu serves during the first 18 months, followed by Gantz. The latter announced his resignation as parliament speaker earlier this week. One of the pillars of the coalition is the possible annexation of portions of the occupied West Bank and implementation of US President Donald Trump’s ‘Deal of the Century’, which was presented earlier this year in January. Mandatory Credit: Knesset Channel Mandatory Credit: Knesset channel


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