Gantz tells president he’s ending coalition bid, paving way for fresh elections

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz informs President Reuven Rivlin that he has failed to form a governing coalition, all but assuring Israel will be headed to a third round of elections in under a year, according to a party statement.

The centrist leader concedes defeat in a phone call with the president, ahead of a planned speech, after unity talks with Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud and Avigdor Liberman’s Yisrael Beytenu broke down.

Never miss breaking news on Israel
Get notifications to stay updated
You're subscribed