ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 139

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Gantz faction says unity government may be clinched Tuesday

Jeremy Sharon is The Times of Israel’s legal affairs and settlements reporter

A source in Benny Gantz’s National Unity says progress has been made in the discussions to bring the party into the government, given the war with Hamas, and that a deal is now likely.

“The ball is now in [Prime Minister Benjamin] Netanyahu’s court, [but] we hope that tomorrow we’ll be able to bless the finished product,” says the source.

A report by the Kan public broadcaster which first published news of an imminent agreement says that sources involved in the discussions between Netanyahu and Gantz said late Monday night that “the conditions for an emergency government are now ripe” and that a final decision will be made after a meeting of coalition leaders tomorrow.

National Unity has said it wants a small war cabinet to be set up with representation from its party and “real influence” for its cabinet members over the management of the war in order to join the government.

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