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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 02:16 PM

Arab lawmakers in Israel endorse Gantz for prime minister


"The Arab bloc in Israel's parliament broke with tradition Sunday and endorsed Blue and White party chairman Benny Gantz for prime minister, giving the former military chief an edge for the job over incumbent Benjamin Netanyahu.

The historic endorsement highlighted the first day of President Reuven Rivlin's crucial consultations with various party representatives. He's set to meet with all the parliamentary factions before selecting his candidate for prime minister, after a deadlocked repeat election made forming any new government a daunting task.

Israel's largely ceremonial president is responsible for picking the politician with the best chance of forming a stable coalition government. While usually a formality, this time Rivlin plays a key role after a repeat election held last week. In that vote, neither of the top candidates appeared to secure the support of a majority of 61 members of the 120-seat parliament.

The Arab-led bloc known as the Joint List emerged from the election as the third largest party with 13 seats.

Maverick politician Avigdor Lieberman, head of the mid-sized Yisrael Beitenu party, remains the key power broker. He hasn't endorsed either candidate, so with the nod from the Arab parties, Gantz expects to have 57 backers to Netanyahu's 55."


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Sun Sep 22, 2019, 02:19 PM

1. How long after is forced out

Before he's indicted? Trump's fate too.

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Tue Sep 24, 2019, 07:46 AM

2. Not all of them ......

Netanyahu secured 55 recommendations from his own Likud party, the ultra-Orthodox parties Shas and United Torah Judaism and right-wing alliance Yamina. Gantz got 54 recommendations from his own party, from Labor-Gesher's six elected representatives and the Democratic Union's five as well as from the Arab Joint List.

While the Israeli Arab party announced that it endorses Gantz, that moved was stunted by the decision of Balad one of the four parties that make up the alliance not to recommend Gantz to Rivlin as the suitable candidate to form a government. The party's endorsement was rare, since it which did not back a prime ministerial candidate since the Hadash faction supported the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin in 1992.


"Gantz got 54 recommendations ".......now minus three .

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