Israel Supreme Court approves Netanyahu-Gantz deal

Israel Supreme Court approves Netanyahu-Gantz deal

Israel’s Supreme Court on Wednesday approved the coalition agreement between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival-turned-ally Benny Gantz, paving the way for a unity government to be sworn in next week.

The country’s top court considered eight separate petitions from opponents of the pact at a hearing this week.

But it ruled “there was no legal reason to prevent the formation of a government” led by Netanyahu.

As the decision was delivered, Netanyahu’s right-wing Likud party and the centrist Blue and White alliance led by Gantz said in a joint statement that the new government would be sworn in on May 13.

Israel has been without a stable government since Netanyahu’s last coalition was dissolved in December 2018.

The country has since held three inconclusive elections in less than a year, with Netanyahu and Gantz, a former military chief, both unable to form a viable coalition.

They agreed to unite last month under a deal that will see Netanyahu serve as premier for 18 months, with Gantz as his alternate.

They will swap roles at the midway point of the pact.

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