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Blue and White: Gantz، Lapid to keep deal to rotate premiership

Monday 03/June/2019 - 10:21 AM
Gentz and Lapid
Gentz and Lapid


The Times of Israel

Blue and White party leaders Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid said Sunday that in the upcoming September 17 election they will keep their deal to rotate the premiership if they form the next government.

During the last election campaign، the party leaders ran under a rotation agreement that would have seen Gantz serve as prime minister for the first two years and eight months، and Lapid take over for the remainder of the term، had the party won the vote. The agreement was key to the merger of Gantz’s Israel Resilience with Lapid’s Yesh Atid.

“Contrary to speculation and false rumors، Blue and White will run in the next election in the same format that led to the incredible achievement of 35 seats only months ago، including the rotation between Gantz and Lapid،” the party said.

Lapid on Sunday evening tweeted a photo of a meeting at his home of the party’s leadership quartet: Gantz، Lapid and former army chiefs of staff Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi.

According to Haaretz، some senior officials in the party had been against maintaining the rotation agreement، which is seen as a significant hurdle to any future partnership with ultra-Orthodox parties due to their longstanding animosity toward Lapid، whom they perceive as anti-Haredi.

Ya’alon، the party’s No. 3، on Thursday told the Kan public broadcaster that recent events require “rethinking” regarding the ultra-Orthodox.

The new election gives the forces opposing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu another shot at toppling the longtime leader.

Gantz would be hard-pressed to form a coalition without the ultra-Orthodox parties، since the Arab Israeli parties have never been part of the coalition and together with left-wing parties، Labor and Meretz، Blue and White can currently only muster the support of 45 lawmakers — far short of the necessary 61.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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