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Israel's Netanyahu, Gantz reach deal on unity government

The latest deal will allow Netanyahu to stay on as prime minister for the next 18 months while ensuring a leadership position for three years.
Labourers hang a banner depicting Benny Gantz, leader of Blue and White party, and Israel Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as part of the party's campaign ahead of the upcoming election, in Tel Aviv, Israel February 17, 2020. REUTERS/Ammar Awad - RC2D2F9IS3LH

After a year and a half of a constitutional and political crisis that drove Israel into three elections, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz reached a deal for a coronavirus-emergency government, with a rotation agreement between the two politicians.

Netanyahu and Gantz signed the deal after weeks of exhausting negotiations, during which Netanyahu seemed to retract from understandings agreed upon by himself and Gantz.

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