Gantz and Netanyahu want to freeze coalition talks, pending Avichaï Mandelblit’s decision on the Prime Minister’s indictment or acquittal. In fact, the Attorney General of Israel can send Benyamin Netanyahu to prison for corruption. In the meantime, it is unlikely that president Rivlin will give Netanyahu more time to form a coalition…
According to Channel 12, Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit is expected to announce whether he decides to charge or relax Netanyahu in mid-November. The channel reports that both Gantz and Netanyahu want a freeze on the coalition period, pending Mandelblit’s decision.
With a view to rotating for the position of the prime minister, Gantz wants to rule first because he is convinced that Netanyahu will be charged and that the Likud will want him to give up the leadership of the party. For his part, Netanyahu also wants to govern first, because he believes that the accusations of corruption against him will be dropped.
Rivlin should not extend Netanyahu’s mandate to form a coalition
According to i24News, the mandate entrusted by President Reuven Rivlin to Benjamin Netanyahu to form a government will not be extended beyond the deadline of Thursday, October 24th, said sources in Jerusalem, confirming Channel 12 information. According to sources close to President Rivlin, it seems unlikely that Netanyahu will be granted the additional two weeks provided by the law in the event of stalemate in the negotiations, as he did after the April elections.
In the event of Netanyahu’s failure, Rivlin would have to mandate Blue White party leader Benny Gantz with the task of forming a coalition on the same day Netanyahu’s term expires. The 28-day term of Gantz will end on Thursday, November 21st. In the event of a new failure, a new period of three weeks will begin during which any member may attempt to form a government.
Liberman presents a coalition plan to solve the political crisis
Avidgor Liberman, Yisrael Beytenu party leader, has tabled his proposal for a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Benny Gantz’s Kakhol Lavan, deadlocked after the last elections. Liberman’s plan calls on Netanyahu to abandon his right-wing bloc and ultra-Orthodox parties and join a coalition that includes Likud, Kakhol Lavan and Yisrael Beytenu. Gantz should allow Netanyahu to be prime minister for the first two years of a four-year coalition. Netanyahu would then pass power to Gantz, and Gantz would become prime minister sooner if Netanyahu was charged with corruption.
On Thursday, October 10th, sources in Kakhol Lavan and Likud criticized the plan that Yisrael Beytenu party leader Avidgor Liberman unveiled the day before. They described the proposal as a weak and unrealistic attempt to push forward deadlocked coalition talks. Officials from both parties told The Times of Israel that Liberman’s “plan of unity” evokes evidence without proposing new ideas.