Netanyahu's Latest Call for Unity Government Is Quickly Rejected




  • In World
  • 2019-10-17 14:37:51Z
  • By Bloomberg
 

(Bloomberg) -- Benjamin Netanyahu's main rival turned down the Israeli prime minister's renewed call to set aside political differences and join a national unity government

Netanyahu has until late next week to form a ruling coalition or risk the country's president handing the mandate to former military chief Benny Gantz. Short of a majority in parliament, the premier's efforts to coax Gantz's Blue and White bloc, the largest in the legislature, into a power-sharing agreement have so far failed.

"All of Israel's citizens look around and see how the Middle East is changing for the worse in front of our eyes," Netanyahu said Thursday in a tweet. "Those who need to know, know that the security challenges are growing, and they are not waiting for us."

The prime minister didn't specify the threats facing Israel. But his statement follows the decision by President Donald Trump to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria as he seeks to end America's presence in long-running Middle Eastern conflicts.

The U-turn has boosted Israel's main regional foe, Iran, which is a key supporter of the government in Damascus, and stoked speculation in Israel over the future reliability of the country's superpower patron.

Gantz quickly rejected Netanyahu's offer.

"I received a proposal today that one must refuse,'' Gantz said in a tweet. "We will wait for the President's mandate and begin serious negotiations for the establishment of a liberal unity government that will lead to change and restore hope to the citizens of Israel."

--With assistance from Ivan Levingston.

To contact the reporter on this story: Yaacov Benmeleh in Tel Aviv at ybenmeleh@bloomberg.net

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Alaa Shahine at asalha@bloomberg.net, Mark Williams, Paul Abelsky

For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com

©2019 Bloomberg L.P.

COMMENTS

More Related News

Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy
Palestinian militant groups come to blows over Israel diplomacy
  • World
  • 2019-11-16 16:10:36Z

Tensions between Gaza's two largest Palestinian militant groups have spilled into the open as Islamic Jihad supporters angrily accused Hamas of not coming to their aid in this week's fighting with Israel.  Islamic Jihad, a smaller militant group backed by Iran, fired more than 400 rockets into Israel this week in retaliation for Israel's assassination of one of their senior leaders. But Hamas, the dominant force in Gaza, stayed out of the fighting.   Senior Hamas officials were accosted by Islamic Jihad supporters when they tried to visit a mourning tent for Baha Abu al-Ata, the assassinated Jihad commander. Some Jihad supporters threw stones at the Hamas leaders' cars.  The clashes,...

Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Supporters. Again.
Trump Just Sabotaged His Own Supporters. Again.

(Bloomberg Opinion) -- It didn't take long during the second day of public impeachment hearings, in which the House Intelligence Committee is questioning former Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, to get not one, not two, but three examples of how President Donald Trump undermines those who try

DNC Announces 10 Candidates in Atlanta Democratic Debate
DNC Announces 10 Candidates in Atlanta Democratic Debate

(Bloomberg) -- The Democratic National Committee on Thursday announced the 10 candidates who will participate in the fifth Democratic primary debate in Atlanta on Wednesday.They are: Joe Biden, Cory Booker, Pete Buttigieg, Tulsi Gabbard, Kamala Harris, Amy Klobuchar, Bernie Sanders, Tom Steyer, Elizabeth Warren and Andrew Yang.Julian Castro, who participated in previous debates, most recently in October at Otterbein University in Westerville, Ohio, didn't make the cut. Another October participant, Beto O'Rourke, has dropped out of the race. Deval Patrick, a former governor of Massachusetts who announced his candidacy on Thursday, also won't be on the stage at the Tyler Perry Studios.The...

Israel strikes Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza despite ceasefire
Israel strikes Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza despite ceasefire

Israel launched fresh strikes against Islamic Jihad targets in Gaza, the army said early Friday, weakening a ceasefire put in place after fighting this week killed 34 Palestinians in exchanges of fire. The ceasefire began Thursday morning following two days of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip triggered by an Israeli strike on an Islamic Jihad commander. Israel Defence Forces (IDF) told reporters that new overnight strikes were underway on Islamic Jihad, the second most powerful Palestinian militant group in Gaza after Hamas.

Biden Blasts Inaction on Guns, Saying He
Biden Blasts Inaction on Guns, Saying He's 'Tired' of Prayers

(Bloomberg) -- Joe Biden vented his frustration about the U.S. government's failure to enact tougher gun restrictions after a shooting at a school in Southern California Thursday left at least two students dead, but added that he doesn't envision any action as long as Donald Trump is president."I'm so tired of people talking about your prayers. Dammit, we have to protect these kids. We have to do it now," the Democratic presidential candidate said at Los Angeles Trade-Technical College, about 45 miles south of Santa Clarita, where the shooting at Saugus High School took place."I am so, so sick and tired of the cowardice I see on display in Washington," he later added during a speech in...

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: World