- Gantz said he is unwilling to share power with Prime Minister Netanyahu unless he commits to stepping aside if indicted.
- Netanyahu refuses to step down when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announces his decision to indict the PM.
- On Friday night, two missiles were shot on the city of Beer Sheba from Gaza.
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz has until next Thursday to make a government. If not there may be new elections. The current Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, is in the middle of an indictment, and in a difficult situation preventing him from joining a national unity government.
Gantz said he is unwilling to share power with Prime Minister Netanyahu unless he commits to stepping aside if indicted, and not seek parliamentary immunity to avoid doing so. A proposal for a unity coalition by President Reuven Rivlin stalled when Netanyahu refused to do this. This made having a rotating Prime Minister, between Gantz and Netanyahu, difficult.
Netanyahu refuses to step down when Attorney General Avichai Mandelblit announces his decision to indict the PM, which will come in ten days. President Rivlin suggested that Netanyahu should take a leave of absence if indicted, but Gantz insists that he step down. This poor timing— ten days before the indictment decision, six days to form a government— will not allow Gantz and Netanyahu get together when they disagree about these issues concerning the indictment.
The chance of Benny Gantz attempting a minority government in six days is possible if Avigdor Lieberman, of Yisrael Beiteinu, will join him. The minority government would also include the United Arab List. Lieberman does not want a minority government, but he also does not want new elections. He already rejected the plea of Likud that he join in with his constituents, which forfeited the chance of Netanyahu making a minority government with his right religious parties.
Lieberman cannot go back on his decision not to join Likud when he always was part of the Likud government in the past. If Lieberman will join in with a minority government, he will lose a lot of his support from his Russian constituents. If Israel goes to new elections when, Lieberman fails to make a unity government, he will also lose support that he has caused new elections twice. Lieberman is in a hot seat.
Gantz vowed, ahead of the election, not to sit with Netanyahu while he is under investigation or indictment. Rivlin encouraged Gantz to compromise. Netanyahu on Saturday casually spoke to members of his party to organize demonstrations in Israel against Gantz making a minority government with the Arab party. He said that this would endanger the future of the State of Israel and put its population in danger. He attacked the Knesset member from the UAL, Ahmed Tibi, and his constituents that they support the destruction of the State of Israel. Tibi called him a liar, claiming to be loyal to the State of Israel.
Islamic Jihad made a cease fire with Israel on Wednesday morning, but violated it Thursday night. By Friday, the southern settlements were able to relax again. On Friday night, at 2:00 AM, two missiles were shot on the city of Beer Sheba from Gaza. Israel retaliated against military location belonging to Hamas. Israel claims that the launching of these missiles were not from Islamic Jihad but came from parts of Hamas but not as an order from their leaders. Islamic Jihad and Hamas have a rivalry of public support in Gaza. This may make it difficult to find the right representative to talk peace when President Trump initiates the Deal of the Century.