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Israel: Gantz and Netanyahu Begin Unity Government Talks

1 MIN READSep 24, 2019 | 19:07 GMT

What Happened: Blue and White leader Benny Gantz and Likud's Benjamin Netanyahu have begun talks with Israel's president to form a unity government, but the two have yet to agree on who should become prime minister first, Haaretz reported Sept. 23.

Why It Matters: Despite the disagreement, the talks on a unity government represent a major step forward to forming such an administration and, accordingly, avoiding a third general election in under 12 months. President Reuven Rivlin has yet to decide which leader he will first ask to form a unity government.

Background: Likud reportedly wants to take the lead and then offer Gantz the prime minister's post for the final year of the government's term. According to reports, however, Gantz wants to be prime minister for the first two years of the term.

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