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After shocking reversal by Netanyahu’s rival, Israelis wait to see shape of new gov’t

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Political dust still settling in wake of shocking turnaround by opposition leader Benny Gantz; Netanyahu yet to reveal other coalition partners.

By Paul Shindman, World Israel News

Israelis still have to wait until next week to see how Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will put together a new unity government, but his new partner Benny Gantz said Friday he was at peace with his decision to join forces with his former foe.

“On this day I am more whole than ever,” Gantz tweeted. “I am whole because I did what my people needed.”

Three inconclusive national elections in the past year showed neither Gantz and his opposition Blue and White Party nor Netanyahu’s Likud Party could muster a majority to form a government. Gantz had rejected calls for a national unity government under Netanyahu, saying repeatedly he would never do so.

But in a pressure cooker situation between the coronavirus crisis and apparent polls showing he would fare badly in a fourth election, Gantz tossed in the towel Thursday and announced he would join Netanyahu.

In a long posting on his Facebook page, Gantz pushed aside criticism he had betrayed his voters and said the nation needed its leaders leave the political fighting behind.

“At this time, leaders need to choose what is right and put the existing investments and personal issues aside,” Gantz wrote.

However, Gantz’s words failed to satisfy either his former political partners or some Israeli reporters.

Yesh Atid Knesset member Meir Cohen was angry at Gantz for flipping so quickly from being the one in charge of forming a new government to agreeing to sit in the government with Netanyahu.

“He was too weak,” Meir told Kan News, adding his party would have supported a Netanyahu government from the opposition benches for six months during the corona crisis, but Gantz made too quick a decision. Although Gantz got the mandate last week to form a new government, Meir said Gantz negotiated from the get-go for a unity government headed by Netanyahu.

Veteran political reporter Barak Ravid tweeted that in “a long, apologetic post, Gantz did not give smallest answer as to why he breached his promise to his million voters and entered the government with Netanyahu. He knows why.”

After apparent backroom negotiations on Thursday, a political stalemate was broken when Gantz was sworn in as Knesset Speaker. He is only expected to hold the position for a few days before Netanyahu presents his new unity government and will most likely become defense minister.

The unity agreement calls for a rotation in which Netanyahu remains leader for 18 months and then hands the reins over to Gantz. Israeli media reports say cabinet portfolios will be divided equally between Netanyahu’s right wing bloc and Gantz’s Israel Resilience Party, including fellow former IDF chief-of-staff Gabi Ashkenazi becoming foreign minister.

The details to be decided include who gets which key cabinet positions, the detailed text of the coalition agreements and the obligations that Netanyahu and Gantz will both have to agree to, and just what will happen in 18 months when Netanyahu will have to step down.

There is still the possibility that the coalition government may not last and another round of elections will be needed.

For the past two weeks Gantz painted no good options. A minority government option with the external parliamentary support of the Joint (Arab) List was scuttled by opposition from the backbenches of Blue and White and Yisrael Beitenu. A fourth election was deemed too big a risk by Gantz due to ostensibly declining poll numbers and the uncertainty surrounding the date for such an election because of coronavirus.

Israeli political analysts had different takes on why Gantz reversed his well-known position to never serve in a government under Netanyahu.

“Gantz lost trust in Netanyahu … While he has not regained it, the coronavirus outbreak made him realize there was no choice but to start compromising,” wrote Jerusalem Post veteran political reporter Gil Hoffman.

Haviv Rettig Gur of the Times of Israel gave the harsh assessment that “Gantz knows he has given up everything, and probably even that he is exceedingly unlikely to reach the prime minister’s chair.” Rettig Gur says Gantz does not appear to have changed his opinion of Netanyahu but realized he was going nowhere as head of Blue and White.

James Sorene, head of the British pro-Israel organization BICOM, said Netanyahu emerged the big winner: “This is a clear victory for Netanyahu: destroying the only real alternative to his rule, forcing Gantz to backtrack on all of his political promises, and most importantly remaining Prime Minister until September 2021.”

反对派领导人本尼·甘茨(Benny Gantz)令人震惊的转变之后,政治尘埃仍在消散;内塔尼亚胡尚未透露其他联盟伙伴。

保罗·辛德曼(Paul Shindman),《世界以色列新闻》

以色列人仍然必须等到下周,才能看到内塔尼亚胡总理将组建一个新的统一政府,但是他的新搭档本尼·甘茨周五表示,他对与他的前仇敌结盟的决定感到安心。

“今天,我比以往任何时候都更加健康,”甘茨发推文。 “我很健康,因为我做了我的人民所需要的。”

过去一年的三场不确定的全国大选表明,甘茨和他的反对派蓝白党或内塔尼亚胡的利库德党都无法鼓吹多数票来组建政府。甘茨拒绝了内塔尼亚胡领导下的建立民族团结政府的要求,并多次表示他永远不会这样做。

但在冠状病毒危机和明显民意测验显示他在第四次选举中表现不佳之间的高压锅情况下,甘茨周四在毛巾上抛弃并宣布他将加入内塔尼亚胡。

甘茨(Gantz)在他的Facebook页面上的长篇文章中,搁置了他出卖选民的批评,并说该国需要其领导人抛弃政治斗争。

甘茨写道:“此时,领导人需要选择正确的方法,并将现有的投资和个人问题放在一边。”

但是,甘茨的话未能使他的前政治伙伴或一些以色列记者满意。

Yesh Atid Knesset成员Meir Cohen对Gantz感到愤怒,因为他从担任组建新政府的负责人迅速转变为同意与Netanyahu一起担任政府一职。

“他太虚弱了,”梅尔告诉坎新闻,并补充说,在电晕危机期间,他的政党本可以在反对派席位上支持内塔尼亚胡政府六个月,但甘茨做出的决定太快了。尽管甘茨上周获得了组建新政府的授权,但梅尔表示,甘茨从一开始就通过谈判达成了由内塔尼亚胡领导的统一政府。

资深政治记者巴拉克·拉维德(Barak Ravid)发表推文说,“在一段冗长的致歉帖子中,甘茨(Gantz)没有给出最小的答案,说明为什么他违反了对百万选民的承诺,并与内塔尼亚胡(Natanyahu)进入政府。他知道为什么。”

在周四进行了明显的幕后谈判之后,当甘茨宣誓就职为以色列议会议长时,政治僵局破裂。预计他仅在内塔尼亚胡介绍他的新统一政府之前将担任几天,很可能会成为国防部长。

统一协议要求轮换,内塔尼亚胡继续担任领导人18个月,然后将re绳交给甘茨。以色列媒体报道称,内塔尼亚胡的右翼集团与甘茨的以色列韧性党之间的内阁资产将平均分配,其中包括前以色列国防军前参谋长加比·阿什肯纳齐(Gabi Ashkenazi)成为外交部长。

待决定的细节包括谁获得内阁重要职位,联盟协议的详细文本以及内塔尼亚胡和甘茨都必须同意的义务,以及内塔尼亚胡必须辞职的18个月内将发生什么。

联盟政府仍然有可能不会延续下去,因此需要进行另一轮选举。

在过去的两个星期中,甘茨没有任何好的选择。蓝白党和伊斯雷尔·贝特努(Yisrael Beitenu)的后座议员反对,在联合议会(阿拉伯)名单的外部议会支持下,少数派政府的选择遭到破坏。由于表面上民意调查次数的减少以及由于冠状病毒而导致选举日期不确定的原因,甘茨认为第四次选举的风险太大。

以色列政治分析家对甘茨为何转而放弃他从未在内塔尼亚胡领导的政府任职的立场持不同看法。

耶路撒冷邮报资深政治记者吉尔·霍夫曼写道:“甘茨对内塔尼亚胡失去了信任……虽然他没有重新获得信任,但冠状病毒的爆发使他意识到别无选择,只能开始妥协。”

以色列时报的哈维夫·雷蒂格·古尔(Haviv Rettig Gur)做出了严厉的评估,“甘茨知道他已经放弃了一切,甚至可能他极不可能担任总理的职务。” Rettig Gur说Gantz似乎并没有改变他对Netanyahu的看法,但意识到他作为Blue and White的负责人一事无成。

英国亲以色列组织BICOM负责人詹姆斯·索伦(James Sorene)表示,内塔尼亚胡(Netanyahu)脱颖而出:“这对内塔尼亚胡(Natanyahu)来说是一个明显的胜利:破坏了唯一的替代他的统治方式,迫使甘茨(Gantz)放弃了他所有的政治承诺,最重要的是直到2021年9月仍担任总理。”

本杰明·内塔尼亚胡(Benjamin Netanyahu),本尼·甘茨(Benny Gantz)以色列政治,以色列韧性,利库德党,民族团结政府。

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