He Was Supposed to Replace Netanyahu This Week. He’s Lucky It Won’t Happen

If Benjamin Netanyahu had honored their 2020 deal, Benny Gantz would have become Israel’s 13th prime minister on Wednesday, in a hostile coalition with no real power. Instead, he'll have to play the long game

Anshel Pfeffer
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Anshel Pfeffer

It was the best deal Benjamin Netanyahu ever signed. It guaranteed him another year and a half as prime minister, despite his ongoing corruption trial. Once those 18 months were over, Netanyahu would become “alternate prime minister” and be replaced by Defense Minister Benny Gantz.

In reality, though, Netanyahu would remain the most powerful figure in government with a veto on its agenda and policies, and keeping all the trappings of high office – including the residence and retinue.

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