İrem GÖL -TDO- After three elections due to failure to form a government in Israel, finally, the prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have agreed to form a national unity government. The parties said “An agreement for the establishment of a national emergency government is now being signed” in a joint statement ending a year-long political crisis. However, the statement did not provide any details of the agreement.
Both sides did not have the majority enough to form a majority government. Although they have failed to form a government during three elections period, coronavirus outbreak, which has put the country under lockdown, have added urgency to the need to break the deadlock. Without a fully functioning government, Israel was also not able to pass a budget.
According to the information given by the Israeli media, Netanyahu, current interim and Israel’s longest serving leader would remain in prime ministry for 18 months and then hand the position over to Gantz who would also serve for another 18 months. Gantz said: “This is the time for leaders to choose what is right and put the lingering issues and personal scores aside.”