Gantz asks two weeks to form a unity government in Israel

Benny Gantz, leader of the Israeli Blue-White party and the main rival to the caretaker prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, said today, Saturday, that he has asked for an additional two weeks to work on the difficult task of forming a unity government.

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin granted Gantz a mandate to form a government last month.

This mandate will expire on Monday, unless Rivlin decides to grant Gantz the additional deadline.

The Israeli President did not immediately respond to the request.

He told Gantz, in his request that he believed his party, Blue and White, and Netanyahu’s Likud party were “about to sign an agreement, and that an agreement could be reached by the additional deadline”.

The two most prominent political parties in Israel continue to approach slowly, slowly, from forming a unity government before the week-long Jewish Easter holiday, which began with sunset last Wednesday, but they did not reach an agreement.