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Netanyahu, Gantz get closer to reaching unity government

Despite an earlier pledge by Israel's Blue and White leader Benny Gantz to not partner in a government with current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, negotiations between the two sides on a unity government are progressing.
A banner depicts Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and Israel Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as part of Blue and White party's campaign ahead of the upcoming election, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad     TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RC2D2F9AUSHJ

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz seems to be getting closer to deciding to establish an emergency unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in a move that would break his preelection promise against a partnership with the indicted prime minister.

Several meetings took place in recent days between the negotiating teams of both sides. The outline now advanced would have Netanyahu serving first as prime minister for a period of one and a half to two years, with Gantz serving as foreign minister before replacing Netanyahu at the helm of the government.

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