Gantz urges anti-Netanyahu parties to rally together after High Court ruling

Interim Justice Minister Benny Gantz says Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “up to his neck” in conflict of interests, after the High Court rules the premier must abide by an opinion banning him from having any say in the appointment of senior justice or law enforcement officials due to his criminal indictments.

“His refusal to appoint a state prosecutor and sitting justice minister prove how troubling his term as prime minister is,” Gantz says in a statement. “I very much hope all the parties of the [pro-]change bloc will understand that and unite to replace him.”

Gantz led the anti-Netanyahu bloc in the 2020 election, but ended up joining Netanyahu and creating a government which saw seven months of deadlock and dysfunction, including Likud trying to stymie attempts by former justice minister Avi Nissenkorn to appoint a new prosecutor, necessitating the conflict of interest ruling.