Gantz proposes unity gov’t rotation if he leads it first

The chief challenger to Israel’s embattled Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is proposing to lead a unity government with Netanyahu’s Likud party.

By Associated Press

On Saturday, Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz proposed a unity government for Israel that he would head for two years, with Netanyahu taking over the following two years — if he is acquitted of corruption charges.

Gantz claimed his plan was the “only way to avoid unnecessary elections that no one wants.”

It was Gantz’s first concrete offer to extract Israel from its political impasse since the country’s attorney general announced Thursday Netanyahu would be indicted.

Netanyahu currently heads a caretaker government after two inconclusive elections.

Previous efforts at a power-sharing agreement between the two largest parties failed. Netanyahu has vowed to remain in office.