Coronavirus offers possible political thaw in Israel
At the end of a televised address Thursday in which he announced the closing of all Israeli schools, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu extended an offer of partnership to his opponent, Benny Gantz.
“It will be an emergency government for a limited time, and together we will fight to save the lives of tens of thousands of citizens,” Netanyahu said.
Gantz, in a statement, responded in kind. “Given the circumstances, we are willing to discuss the possibility of establishing a broad national emergency government,” he said.
By the end of the day, the adversaries had talked by phone and consulted with Israeli President Reuven Rivlin, according to a statement from Gantz’s office. The president is scheduled to begin consulting with parliamentary parties Sunday, the next step to naming Gantz or Netanyahu as the person allowed a first chance at assembling a governing coalition.