A ceremony in memory of Shimon Peres gathered for the first time since the closing of the polls the winner of the elections of Israel, Benny Gantz, and the second most voted candidate, Benjamin Netanyahu. With the vote count nearing completion, the Blue and White list reached 33 seats, two more than the Likud. The president, Reuven Rivlin, who on Sunday will begin the round of contacts to propose a candidate to form a government, took advantage of the meeting to ask the two leaders to shake hands before the cameras. A symbolic image on a day marked by the unanimous call to form an executive of national unity that avoids the country having to organize a third election.
Despite being the loser, Netanyahu took the first step and addressed Gantz during his speech at the ceremony to tell him that "there is no other option but to form a broad unity government." The one who has been prime minister for the last decade and seemed invincible until the last two elections, reminded those present “the example of Peres, who when he did not get a clear victory opted for a unity government with Yitzhak Shamir to take Israel to a safe coast ». This case occurred between 1984 and 1988 when both leaders agreed to a rotating government headquarters. What Netanyahu did not say is that the experiment ended badly, since, after the first two years as prime minister, Peres betrayed the pact and negotiated with the religious parties so as not to give the seat to his rival.
Gantz was quick to respond and did so without complexes, reinforced by the support obtained at the polls. The former army chief was in favor of the national coalition government "broad, liberal and led by me, a government that represents the desire of the people." He also had a rebuke towards his adversary because "to build a unity government, you don't come with political blocks and a maneuver, but with honesty, patriotism, responsibility and seriousness." A reproach because Netanyahu signed a commitment to the two ultra-Orthodox formations (Shas and Judaism United for the Torah) and the alliance of right and ultra-right parties, Yamina, to carry out the negotiations as a single block. These are the parties with which the leader of the Likud had to reach the 61 seats that the majority would give him in a chamber of 120 deputies, but his project has failed because together they add 55.
The senior officials of the Blue and White list defended the position of their leader. Number two, journalist Yair Lapid, lamented that Netanyahu "is unable to accept the results." Another of the heavyweights, also former Army chief Moshe Yaalon, said that “with him it will not work, we will not enter a coalition led by Netanyahu. We came to power to fix things and return the country to the right track and it would never work with it.
Throughout his career, Netanyahu has proven himself capable of overcoming very complex situations, but the second stumble that he suffers at the polls in just five months has ended with his golden leader and forces him to set foot on the ground. The Blue and White program does not differ a comma with that of the Likud on key issues for the country such as the occupation, the threat of Iran or relations with the United States. The former prime minister based his campaign on his close friendship with Vladimir Putin or Donald Trump and hung huge posters in the cities with the US president, but the White House tenant seemed to take distance after his defeat, he told the media that he was not He had phoned and recalled that "the friendship of the United States is with Israel." . (tagsToTranslate) gantz (t) government (t) israel