Israel Finally — Almost — Gets a Government

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz speaks during an election campaign rally in Ramat Gan, Israel, February 25, 2020. (Corinna Kern/Reuters)
Gantz and Netanyahu seem slightly disappointed at the result.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he “emergency unity government” hashed out by Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival Benny Gantz was signed just before the start of Israel’s Holocaust Memorial Day, leaving no time for a planned press conference. Instead, the two men released a photograph in which each sits at a table, the coalition agreement between them. Neither looks elated.

After three national elections and over 17 months of political deadlock, Israel finally has the outline of a government, although Gantz and Netanyahu seem slightly disappointed at the result. (Technically, lawmakers must take several more procedural steps to formalize the government, with

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Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

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