The main Israeli opposition party split after its leader, Benny Gantz, was elected president of parliament with the support of his rivals, including Benjamin Netanyahu, in an extraordinary turn of events in a year-long political crisis. .
Gantz’s surprise move has been widely interpreted as a precursor to a power-sharing agreement with the prime minister to form an emergency government. The coronavirus pandemic, including over 2,600 confirmed Israeli cases, added the urgency of breaking a stalemate between the two leaders.
Whatever the outcome, Gantz took a risk by naming himself. Over the course of three elections, the former army chief conducted campaigns totally focused on promises to oust Netanyahu, who is under accusation for alleged corruption.
Now, Gantz’s blue and white party is looking to the brink of disintegration, with the factions within it refusing to support his candidacy for the speakers, and many are moving to break away. Both sides of Yesh Atid and Telem, which hold more than half of Blue and White’s seats, have filed requests to break away from the alliance.
Tamar Zandberg, a member of the left-wing Meretz party allied to Blue and White, accused Gantz of abandoning millions of voters seeking an alternative to Netanyahu.
“You will end a carpet under the feet of an alleged cheater, an inciteor and a racist,” he said in a speech at the session. “We are overwhelmed by the depth of deception and misfortune that has plagued today.”
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