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Israel's Arab parties recalculate as Gantz joins Netanyahu

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz' decision to join a government led by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has deeply disappointed the Arab public.
Ayman Odeh (L), leader of the Hadash party that is part of the Joint List alliance, stands next to Ahmed Tibi of the Arab Movement for Change (Ta'al) party, as they and other alliance leaders address supporters at their electoral headquarters in Israel's northern city of Shefa-Amr on March 2, 2020, after polls officially closed. - Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared to lead his main challenger following elections with multiple exit polls putting his right-wing Likud several seats ahead of the

“These are not ordinary days and they require extraordinary decisions. Thus, as I have said, I intend to examine the formation of a national emergency government,” declared Blue and White leader Benny Gantz March 26 upon his election as speaker of the Knesset, with the support of the right/ultra-Orthodox bloc.

The move led to the breakup of Blue and White and paved the way for Gantz and his party, Hosen L’Israel or Israel Resilience, into a government headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Who remembers now that on the day after the general election Gantz declared, “I won’t serve in a government led by a man under indictment?”

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