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Netanyahu backs down, agrees to tap Gantz as justice minister

After insisting that yesterday’s vote to tap Ofir Akunis as justice minister was legal, Prime Minister Benjamin backs down and agrees to make Benny Gantz justice minister for the duration of the transitional government.

Gantz has been seeking the appointment, but until now Netanyahu had vehemently opposed that.

Netanyahu’s office says that “after his compromise offers were once again rejected this morning, and to exit the dead end and enable the necessary activity of the Justice Ministry, the prime minister has decided to appoint Benny Gantz as Justice Minister in a transitional government.”

The statement says Netanyahu will bring the matter for cabinet approval later today.

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