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Netanyahu, Gantz Ink Deal to Form New Government After Year-long political impasse

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz have signed a new coalition agreement to form a “national emergency government” ending a political deadlock that lasted more than a year.

“I promised the State of Israel a national emergency government that will work to save lives and livelihoods of Israeli citizens,” said Netanyahu, who has served as a caretaker prime minister since December 2018.

The deal between the two leaders will see a rotation agreement, where Netanyahu remain as prime minister for 18 months and then will be replaced by Gantz. In the meantime, Gantz will serve as vice prime minister and defense minister under Netanyahu. The deal will also see an expansion of the cabinet to include 32 ministers, growing eventually to 36 ministers, the largest in Israel’s history.

“We prevented a fourth election,” Gantz said in a tweet. “We will protect our democracy and fight against the coronavirus.”

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