Israel Election: Left-wing Slate to Back Gantz to Form Government

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Labor-Gesher-Meretz leaders Orli Levi-Abekasis, left, Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz at Labor Party headquarters in the wake of Monday's exit poll results, March 3, 2020.
Labor-Gesher-Meretz leaders Orli Levi-Abekasis, left, Amir Peretz and Nitzan Horowitz at Labor Party headquarters in the wake of Monday's exit poll results, March 3, 2020. Credit: Meged Gozani
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The Labor-Gesher-Meretz alliance will back Benny Gantz to form a coalition and "do everything possible to form a new government and prevent a fourth election," Chairman Amir Peretz wrote on social media on Friday after a meeting the Kahol Lavan leader.

Peretz said the alliance he leads would “recommend support for Benny Gantz as prime minister” when parties elected meet this week with President Reuven Rivlin for consultations, and also back a new bill which prevents a lawmaker under indictment from forming a government – which would bar Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, indicted in three corruption cases,

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The announcement came a day after sources close to Yisrael Beitieinu Chairman Avigdor Lieberman said he will also recommend Gantz.

The party, which won seven seats in the latest election, did not recommend anyone in the previous election, with Lieberman insisting that Netanyahu and Gantz come to an agreement for a unity government.

The candidate with the most Knesset members recommending them usually gets the first chance to form a coalition. If Gantz gets a chance to form a coalition before Netanyahu, it could increase the chances that the anti-Netanyahu bloc will be able to pass a bill barring an indicted individual from forming a government.

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