Israeli politicians no longer have the Palestinians or Arabs to unite voters against and are forced to face battle the country's internal contradictions and deep polarisation.
Gantz has been given a mandate to cultivate support from several political parties and form a government within the next 26 days, a gigantic task Netanyahu failed to achieve.
Benny Gantz's nomination marked the first time since 2008 that someone other than Netanyahu, has been asked by Israel's president to build a ruling coalition.
The former Israeli prime minister believes that a government without Benjamin Netanyahu will be less provocative and an ‘improvement’ for Palestinian-Israeli relations. He also thinks leaving the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake.
As ten members of the Joint List threw their weight behind prime ministerial candidate Benny Gantz, experts are pessimistic about whether Arabs will be welcomed into Israeli political discourse.
Israeli President Reuven Rivlin gives PM Benjamin Netanyahu up to six weeks to form a coalition, and If he fails, his main challenger Benny Gantz will likely be given a chance. Gantz rules out joining government with PM facing indictment.
President Reuven Rivlin is expected to select the candidate he deems most able to form a stable coalition based on recommendations by PM Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud and Benny Gantz's Blue and White parties.
Israel's Arab-dominated Joint List party, backed Benny Gantz to form a new government, making Gantz's bloc of supporters larger than that of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
PM Netanyahu earlier called on Benny Gantz to join him in a unity government. Israelis face with the prospect of a third election two days after unprecedented repeat polls left the country's two main political parties deadlocked.
Israel's addiction to expanding its territory will not be stopped at the ballot box.
With over 90 percent of votes counted, challenger Benny Gantz’s centrist Blue and White party captures 33 seats in 120-seat parliament, to 32 seats for PM Netanyahu’s conservative Likud. Mainly Arab Joint List alliance bags 13 seats.
Likud party leader and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu falls behind rival Benny Gantz from Blue and White party, which sees a surprising surge in votes
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