Benny Gantz joins Netanyahu, eliciting indignant anger from his former boosters, and a whole lot of questions from everyone else.
. What’s the deal? A year of political wrangling came to a seemingly sudden halt Thursday as the biggest challenge to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s rule fell apart as Benny Gantz, the one-time leader of the Blue and White party, appeared to forge a unity deal.
As of this writing, there is not yet a deal, but most reporting and punditry acts like there is one, and that it has been signed and sealed.
According to several reports, Netanyahu will remain at the country’s helm for the next 18 months, after which Gantz will become prime minister.
Channel 13 reports that until then, Gantz will be foreign minister, and his partner in crime, Gabi Ashkenazi will be defense minister.
But Channel 12 reports that Gantz’s people are pushing Gantz to take the defense job:
The reason: “They think the area will be less active during the corona virus case, and Netanyahu always likes to be the uber-minister,” the channel reports.
Several reports indicate that Israel Resilience — Gantz’s party — expects to get the Justice Ministry as well, though there is apparently some nervousness that may not happen. “We won’t join at any price, but will demand that the justice system be protected. That’s a red line for us,” Blue and White MK Orit Farkash tells Army Radio.
2. Prenups and a messy divorce: A number of other issues also remain up in the air, such as what policies the government will support.
Ynet reports that Likud is pushing for IR to sign an agreement not to push any legislation that would make Netanyahu unable to be prime minister. At the same time, IR wants a commitment from Likud not to push a law that would give Netanyahu immunity.
According to Channel 12, IR wants Likud to agree that if elections are called before the 18 months are up, Gantz becomes prime minister in a transition government.
“If Netanyahu tries to cheat, there’s the possibility of a law that will make it so an indicted prime minister can’t be tasked with forming a government,” the channel says, summing up what it says is IR’s position.
Channel 13 reports that the divorce with Yesh Atid and Telem also has some kinks to work out, such as who gets the Blue and White name. While Lapid and Telem think they should get it because they are a bigger chunk of the old party, Gantz is trying to lure Telem’s Yoaz Hendel and Zvi Hauser over, which would then give him the advantage in that regard.
Except that, according to Yedioth Ahronoth, Yesh Atid and Telem have melded into one, meaning the two Telemites are actually two Yesh Telemites and don’t have the necessary one-third of the party needed to break off without incurring penalties, thus “trapping them in the opposition.”
3. How the Gantz was won: ToI’s Haviv Rettig Gur writes that the “serially underestimated” Gantz will try to make the best of his time as a PM-in-waiting by trying to keep the right-wing in check. “A great deal of the right’s most strident agenda will be in deep freeze or find itself actively reversed as long as the Netanyahu-Gantz partnership lasts.”
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