Gantz: Ready to Discuss Forming Unity Gov’t With Netanyahu Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Kahol Lavan leader Benny Gantz has convened Thursday the senior members of his party in order to decide whether they should accept Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s proposal for a national unity government meant to tackle the spread of the novel coronavirus in Israel, as the number of diagnosed cases rose to 109.

The two leaders are both claiming to be able to form a government amid a tight electoral race that has seen Israelis head to the polls three times in less than a year. They talked on Thursday night, a statement from Benny Gantz said, and the Kahol Lavan leader proposed that negotiating teams from both parties meet immediately.

Earlier on Thursday, as he announced new health measures to the public, Netanyahu called to form an emergency administration “without hesitations” for a limited time, adding that “together we will save tens of thousands of citizens.”

Netanyahu said politics must be set aside and that “we will handle the crisis together out of mutual trust.”