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Gantz threatens to pass bill that would end Netanyahu’s career

Poll finds Bennett could form government without Likud, haredi parties, Arabs

By GIL HOFFMAN
October 18, 2020

Blue and White raised its threat against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the weekend, warning that if he does not enable the passage of the 2021 state budget by the end of the year, it would propose the so-called anti-Bibi bill.

The bill would prevent anyone charged with serious crimes from forming a government, including Netanyahu, who is on trial for fraud, bribery and breach of trust. The bill was first presented in August but was defeated, as it did not have Blue and White’s support.

But if Blue and White now votes for the bill, it could gain a majority of 61 MKs that would include Blue and White, Yesh Atid, the Joint List, Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz and Labor. A minority of 59 MKs from Likud, Shas, United Torah Judaism, Yamina, Gesher and Bayit Yehudi would oppose it.

A Yamina spokesman said the party opposed the bill, because it did not believe it was proper to allow the attorney-general, who is not an elected official, to determine who will become prime minister.

In an interview on Channel 12’s Meet the Press program on Saturday night, Gantz hinted that he could support the legislation but sources close to him said he nevertheless preferred passing the state budget, and maintaining the current government and enabling it to work more smoothly.

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