Benny Gantz declares victory in Israel election

OAN NewsroomUPDATED 7:54 AM PT — Thursday, September 19, 2019
Center-left candidate Benny Gantz declares victory over Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections, and is rejecting the prime minister’s call for negotiations over leading the government.
Gantz issued a statement Thursday saying, “I am interested in and intend to form a broad and liberal unity government under my leadership.” He also said, “the process of building a government has begun, and we will not be dictated to.”

Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019. Benny Gantz’s Blue and White has pledged not to sit in the same government as Netanyahu, as the long-serving Israeli leader is expected to face indictment in a slew of corruption scandals. (AP Photo/Sebastian Scheiner)
This comes after Netanyahu offered to build a broad coalition government with Gantz amid a tight election. Netanyahu proposed a rotating premiership among the two leaders.
“The people chose unity, the people want for Israel to be before everything,” stated the prime minister. “And therefore, Blue and White under my leadership won the elections — Blue and White is the biggest party.”
The two must sides must now come together to form a coalition government or else face an unprecedented third election.

🇮🇱🗳️ “Benny, we need to put in place the broadest possible unity government today”.#Israel‘s #Netanyahu calls on his main rival Benny #Gantz to join him in unity government ⤵️
— FRANCE 24 English (@France24_en) September 19, 2019

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