The two leading political parties in Israel have agreed on a prospective date for a third election which will go ahead unless parliament can form a unity government by midnight Wednesday.
“Likud” party leader Benjamin Netanyahu and “Blue and White” frontman Benny Gantz announced the date on Monday. The two parties have been fighting head-to-head in a bid to try and form a majority in the 120-member Knesset (Israeli parliament). They have had no success thus far.
With Netanyahu currently facing bribery and fraud indictments, Gantz has requested that he not seek immunity from prosecution ahead of the election.
“You have already dragged us into elections twice because of immunity, and barricaded yourself in the bloc in order to achieve it,” Gantz said at Blue and White’s faction meeting, according to the Jerusalem Post. “Now you believe that additional elections will afford you the majority with which to achieve immunity. I call upon you to guarantee that you will not ask for immunity. The citizens of Israel deserve to know, before you drag them into another election, what your true intentions are.”
Netanyahu quickly refused the request, calling it “hollow spin” and “a transparent maneuver.” He has, however, attempted to extend a hand to Blue and White in order to achieve a functioning government.
“They refused every offer to form a wide unity government,” the…
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