Israel’s main opposition party split after its leader Benny Gantz was elected President of Parliament with the support of his rivals, including Benjamin Netanyahu, to deal with a longstanding political crisis.
Gantz’s surprising move was widely interpreted as the forerunner of a power-sharing agreement with the prime minister to form an emergency government. The coronavirus pandemic, which includes more than 2,600 confirmed Israeli cases, has increased the urgency to break a stalemate between the two leaders.
Whatever the outcome, Gantz took a risk by nominating himself. During the three elections, the former army chief ran campaigns focused solely on promises to oust Netanyahu, who is charged with alleged corruption.
Tamar Zandberg, a member of the left and blue allies, the Meretz Party, accused Gantz of leaving millions of voters looking for an alternative to Netanyahu.
“You will land a carpet under the feet of a suspected crook, instigator and racist,” she said in a speech before the meeting. “We are overwhelmed by the depth of deception and shame that has plagued us today.”
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