Benjamin Netanyahu and Rival Benny Gantz Sign Deal to Form Coalition Government

The Agreement Comes after 3 Inconclusive Elections and Year of Political Paralysis

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his political arch-rival, Benny Gantz, have agreed to form an emergency coalition government after three inconclusive elections and a year of political paralysis.

The deal will see the pair rotating the leadership of the country. Netanyahu will go first as the Prime Minister. The two agreed to avoid a fourth election and form a coalition to help tackle the coronavirus pandemic.

The country has reported more than 13,700 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 177 associated deaths.

The coalition deal was signed on Monday night at the prime minister’s residence in Jerusalem. “I promised the State of Israel a national emergency government that will act to save the lives and livelihoods of Israeli citizens,” Mr. Netanyahu tweeted shortly after the signing.

“We have prevented a fourth election. We will protect democracy. We will fight coronavirus and care for all Israel’s citizens.” Mr. Gantz wrote.