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Israel: Gantz, Lieberman Report Progress in Coalition Talks

1 MIN READNov 8, 2019 | 13:52 GMT

What Happened: Israeli Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz and former Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman have said they found common ground on several issues during talks to form a unity government, The Times of Israel reported Nov. 7.

Why It Matters: The progress on coalition talks slightly increases the chances that they will succeed in forming a unity government, which would spare Israel a third general election in under a year.

Background: Both sides have until Nov. 20 to form a new government after coalition talks between Gantz's Blue and White party and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party stalled last month. A potential government between Gantz and Lieberman would be less inclined to immediately annex the West Bank but more likely to take a stronger stance on the Gaza Strip.

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