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UPDATE 2-Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of Netanyahu

UPDATE 2-Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of NetanyahuIsrael’s Arab-dominated Joint List party moved on Sunday to back the centre-left bloc of Benny Gantz, who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance, to form a new government. With final results all but in, neither Gantz nor Netanyahu command a majority in parliament, so the Arab List’s decision to end its usual policy of withholding support for any candidate in the wake of elections could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to ask Gantz to form a government. Rivlin, who began consulting with party leaders on Sunday to discuss who should lead the country after no clear victor emerged from Tuesday’s election, suggested Gantz and Netanyahu join forces, though it is uncertain who would be the senior partner.



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Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of Netanyahu

Israel's Arab party support pushes Gantz ahead of NetanyahuIsrael’s Arab-dominated Joint List party moved on Sunday to back the center-left bloc of Benny Gantz, who is challenging Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing alliance, to form a new government. With final results all but in, neither Gantz nor Netanyahu command a majority in parliament, so the Arab List’s decision to end its usual policy of withholding support for any candidate in the wake of elections could nudge President Reuven Rivlin to ask Gantz to form a government.



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Israel's Arab party throws its support to Benny Gantz in bid to oust Netanyahu

Israel's Arab party throws its support to Benny Gantz in bid to oust NetanyahuBenjamin Netanyahu’s grip on power slipped further last night after Israel’s Arab minority party threw its support behind his rival Benny Gantz, virtually guaranteeing that Mr Gantz will get the first chance to form a government. The decision by the Joint List, which mainly represents Israel’s 2 million Palestinian citizens, is the first time since 1992 that an Arab party has endorsed a Jewish candidate like Mr Gantz to be prime minister.  Ayman Odeh, the Joint List leader, said he was backing Mr Gantz to bring an end to Mr Netanyahu’s 13 years in power.  “This will be the most significant step toward helping create the majority needed to prevent another term for Mr. Netanyahu. And it should be the end of his political career,” Mr Odeh said in a New York Times op-ed.  Mr Netanyahu’s Likud party put out a furious statement in response. “As we warned, the Arab parties that oppose Israel as a Jewish and democratic State and glorify terrorists recommended Gantz for prime minister,” the party said. The support of the Joint List means that Israel’s president, Reuven Rivlin, will almost certainly allow Mr Gantz the first chance to form a coalition government. It will be the first time since 2009 that anyone other than Mr Netanyahu has been given the task.  Letters from Jerusalem RHS But that does not mean Mr Gantz, a former army general, will necessarily succeed in cobbling together a majority. He says he hopes to form a national unity government with Likud but only if Mr Netanyahu, who is facing criminal corruption charges, agrees to resign.  Mr Netanyahu is refusing to budge and so far his Likud ministers are remaining loyal to him. If Mr Gantz is unable to form a government within 42 days then Mr Netanyahu will get another chance to take up the task. If neither man is successful, Israel could be plunged into an unprecedented third election in a year.  There were reports last night that both Mr Gantz’s Blue & White and Mr Netanyahu’s Likud were maneuvering to be allowed to go second in forming a government because they believed the first chance was a poison chalice likely to end in failure.  The Israeli president said meanwhile that he hoped the two parties could find a way to bridge their differences and come together in a unity government. “A stable government cannot be a government without both of the two largest parties,” Mr Rivlin said.   The leaders of the Joint List at the president's office Credit: Menahem Kahana/Pool via AP While the Joint List is backing Mr Gantz to be prime minister, the party will not actually join a potential Gantz government nor adds its 13 seats towards his majority.  Avigdor Lieberman, the leader of a secular nationalist party which holds the balance between pro-Netanyahu and anti-Netanyahu parties in parliament, said he was not backing Mr Gantz or Mr Netanyahu at this stage.  Mr Lieberman, who has a history of incendiary rhetoric towards Palestinians, said he could not support Mr Gantz if the Arabs were supporting him. “They're enemies. Wherever they sit we'll be on the other side." That leaves Mr Gantz with a perilously narrow path to forming a majority government without joining forces with Likud.



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Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation: Tillerson

Netanyahu 'played' Trump with misinformation: TillersonIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu skillfully “played” US President Donald Trump by plying him with inaccurate information, former secretary of state Rex Tillerson said. Netanyahu, who is fighting for his political life after close elections, was “a bit Machiavellian” and would share “misinformation” with the United States, according to Trump’s former top diplomat. Tillerson, who was fired by Trump last year, made the observations during a forum Tuesday at Harvard University as reported by The Harvard Gazette, the university’s official news outlet.



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Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked with nearly all votes counted: Israel media

Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked with nearly all votes counted: Israel mediaIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were deadlocked with nearly all votes from the country’s general election counted on Wednesday, Israeli media reported. Various Israeli media reported that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White had 32 seats each of parliament’s 120 with more than 90 percent of the vote counted. Ex-defence minister Avigdor Lieberman could prove to be kingmaker, with the reported results showing his nationalist Yisrael Beitenu with nine seats.



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Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after Israeli polls

Netanyahu, Gantz deadlocked after Israeli pollsPrime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his main challenger Benny Gantz were deadlocked Wednesday after an Israeli general election, reports said, raising the possibility of a unity government or even the end of the premier’s long rule. Various Israeli media reported that Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White had 32 seats each of parliament’s 120 with more than 90 percent of the vote counted. The results gave no obvious path for either to form a majority coalition, raising the possibility of negotiations towards a unity government.



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Trump says he discussed 'mutual defense' treaty with Netanyahu

Trump says he discussed 'mutual defense' treaty with NetanyahuUS President Donald Trump said Saturday he and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu discussed the possibility of moving forward on a “mutual defense” treaty between the allies, just three days before Israeli voters go to the polls. “I had a call today with Prime Minister Netanyahu to discuss the possibility of moving forward with a Mutual Defense Treaty, between the United States and Israel,” Trump tweeted. “I look forward to continuing those discussions after the Israeli Elections when we meet at the United Nations later this month!” Trump added, giving a tacit last-minute endorsement to Netanyahu’s re-election bid.



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A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's Netanyahu

A look at the corruption scandals facing Israel's NetanyahuIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is seeking to hold on to power in Tuesday’s historic repeat election as the shadow of various corruption charges loom over his future. Israel’s attorney general has recommended pressing criminal charges against him in three separate corruption cases, pending a long delayed pre-trial hearing scheduled for early October — just three weeks after the election.



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The Latest: Netanyahu pledge dims hope for Palestinian state

The Latest: Netanyahu pledge dims hope for Palestinian stateIsraeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s pledge to annex the heart of the West Bank if he wins re-election next week could inflame the Middle East and extinguish any remaining Palestinian hope of establishing a separate state. Arab leaders angrily condemned Netanyahu’s remarks on Tuesday, and a U.N. spokesman warned the step would be “devastating” to the prospects for a two-state solution. Netanyahu said he would extend Israeli sovereignty over the Jordan Valley — an area seen as the breadbasket of any Palestinian state — shortly after forming a new government and would move later to annex other Jewish settlements.



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Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stage

Israel strikes Gaza after rocket sirens force Netanyahu off stageIsraeli aircraft struck in Gaza on Wednesday hours after rockets from the Palestinian enclave triggered sirens that forced Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu off the stage at an election rally in Israel. The Israeli military said 15 targets were hit, including a weapons manufacturing facility, a naval compound used by militants and tunnels belonging to Hamas, the dominant armed force in Gaza. Hours earlier, bodyguards rushed Netanyahu to shelter in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod when the sirens sounded during a Tuesday evening rally, a week ahead of a general election.



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