Israeli ministers are running as partners in upcoming elections

JERUSALEM — The leaders of two parties in Israel’s outgoing ruling coalition announced Sunday that they would be running as political partners in the upcoming general election.

The announcement by Gideon Saar and Benny Gantz was the first change in Israel’s political landscape since the Knesset voted on June 30 to dissolve itself and send the country back to the polls to elect a new parliament.

Israel will hold its fifth general election in less than four years in November after Prime Minister Naftali Bennett’s government collapsed last month. The previous four elections were largely referendums on longtime leader Benjamin Netanyahu’s suitability to become prime minister while facing corruption charges.

Gantz, a former army chief of staff, heads the centrist Blue and White Party and is Israel’s defense minister. Saar is a former member of the once-dominant Likud party, which broke from the ranks and formed his militant New Hope party. He is currently Minister of Justice.

Both were key members of the eight-party coalition that formed last year to oust Netanyahu after 12 years in office.

Gantz said the two parties are joining forces to offer voters a strong centrist option to help end the country’s protracted political crisis.

“Today we are laying the foundation for the next government,” he said.

Saar said the aim was to break the political deadlock and form “a broad government of national unity that is not dependent on the fringes”. He said that Gantz was best suited to lead as prime minister.

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Dustin Huang

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