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Gantz refuses to join a Netanyahu-led government

UNITED STATES, WASHINGTON (OBSERVATORY) — Israel’s blue-white coalition leader Benny Gantz said on Wednesday he would not join a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Earlier in the day, Israeli President Rubin Rivlin commissioned Netanyahu to form the next government, following the failure of talks between Netanyahu and Gantz, according to the official channel “Kan”.

“The blue-white party I am leading will not accept joining a government whose president may face a serious indictment,” Gantz said in a post on his Facebook page.

He added: “I do not agree to join the government of its president threatened to charge him in corruption cases (in a clear reference to Netanyahu).”

Gantz also stressed that he could not join a government alongside far-right parties.

The President of Israel, Netanyahu, to form the next government, despite the alliance of “blue – white” 33 seats, compared to 32 seats for the party “Likud” led by Netanyahu.

But Rivlin pointed out that the right-wing coalition led by Netanyahu was able to get the support of 55 deputies in the Knesset (parliament), while the center-left coalition led by Gantz has the support of 54 deputies.

Netanyahu has 28 days to form a government, which could be extended for two more weeks.

According to Israeli law, if the government is not formed during the two periods, the head of state will assign another candidate for this task.

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