BATTLE FOR WORLD / SPUTNIK NEWS | October 1, 2019: Israel’s Blue and White Party, led by Benny Gantz, announced on Wednesday (Sept. 2) that they would not meet with negotiators from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party on the day originally planned, reason given was that conditions for a productive meeting among the negotiation teams were not achieved.
Political analyst Mitchell Plitnick appeared on Radio Sputnik with some insights:
“First of all, I was [surprised] at how many people seem to think that a third election was not possible, that there was going to be a clear path for someone to form a government at the end of this. The polling numbers never suggested anything of the kind – not even close,” Plitnick commented to hosts Eugene Puryear and Sean Blackmon, and noted that neither Blue and White nor Likud had a chance of reaching the 61-seat majority necessary to form a government.
Further commenting that “the real question is: is Likud going to rise up and vote Netanyahu out of the leadership, which would then open the door for that unity government? Right now, that can’t happen. Netanyahu’s support remains too strong within the party, but I think if it starts to become apparent that there’s going to be a third election, and I think most people are not really considering that possibility … if people sense that more and more Likud voters are going to go to other parties, they may rise up against Netanyahu,” said Plitnick, and that such a scenario may actually make justice for Palestinians even more challenging.
(BattleForWorld: Others have suggested that if Netanyahu and Gantz managed to form a coalition government taking turns sharing the Prime Minister position, the possibility exists that Netanyahu could instigate dirty tricks to get rid of Gantz. The word is that Netanyahu is not to be trusted. And he’s determine to be at the helm when the United States is finally manipulated to attack Iran to clear the way for World War Three.)