Israeli opposition leader vows to form government without Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israel’s opposition leader Benny Gantz vowed on Wednesday that he will form a coalition government without long-time Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, two weeks before Israel’s unprecedented third election within a year.

Gantz, leader of the centrist Blue and White party, made the remark during a campaign rally in a convention center outside Tel Aviv.

The former Israeli military chief said his possible coalition partners would be required to sign a document in which they pledge to oppose any immunity law that Netanyahu’s right-wing coalition is trying to pass in order to grant Netanyahu immunity from standing trial over a series of corruption charges.

“One who is indicted for bribery, fraud, and breach of trust cannot serve as prime minister,” Gantz told the rally.

Gantz’s Blue and White is predicted to win a narrow victory over Netanyahu’s Likud in the March 2 general election, according to recent opinion polls.

However, both parties do not seem to be able to gain enough votes to establish a majority coalition in the 120-seat parliament.

Israel is heading to the third election within a year for the first time in its history after the two previous elections yielded inconclusive results, paralyzing the country’s political system. Enditem

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