Updated:03/27/2020 02: 42h
Benny Gantz became the temporary president of the Israeli parliament with the support of the Likud. The former army chief, who put Benjamin Netanyahu on the ropes in the three elections that the country has held in less than a year, he surprised everyone with a decision that meant the internal rupture of his coalition, ‘Blue and White’, and opened the doors to a unity government with the person with whom he repeated over and over that he would never meet: Netanyahu.
“I promise all Israelis to do the right thing right now. The Knesset (parliament) will work for the population and citizens, for all of them, “said Gantz after getting 74 votes in favor and 18 against. Although the government agreement is not closed, Israeli media such as Channel 12 announced that after a temporary period as head of the chamber, Gantz will become Foreign Minister of the new Executive and, after 18 months, will replace Netanyahu as Prime Minister. . “These are unusual times and they are asking for unusual decisions,” he tried to justify himself to the million Israelis who voted for him in the hope that he would end Netanyahu’s term.
In this way, Gantz breaks his word of not agreeing with a leader surrounded by corruption cases and whose trial has been delayed until May 24 due to the emergency measures adopted by the coronavirus. Yair Lapid, his main partner in ‘Azul y Blanco’, regretted this decision, which supposes that “he has decided to break the coalition to climb the government, something incomprehensible”. In Lapid’s words “this will be neither a unity government nor an emergency one. It will be another Netanyahu government, ”according to The Jerusalem Post.