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Israel: Rivlin to Host Parties on Sept. 22 for Consultations on New Government

1 MIN READSep 20, 2019 | 14:54 GMT

What Happened: Israeli President Reuven Rivlin will host the country's political parties on Sept. 22 to discuss the formation of a new government, The Times of Israel reported Sept. 20. Meanwhile, reports suggested that Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman may back Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz, although publicly, Liberman maintained his demand for a broad unity government.

Why It Matters: The meeting will be the first opportunity for one of the parties to form a new government and unite Israel's divided political scene. However, if the parties cannot overcome the current divisions, the country could head for yet another election.

Background: The Arab-dominated Joint List performed better than expected in recent elections due to concerns over Netanyahu's comments that he would annex parts of the West Bank if reelected. However, the Joint List is hesitant to join a Gantz-led coalition due to the general's record on Israeli-Palestinian relations.

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