Israel’s Gantz rules out joining govt with PM facing serious indictment

Retired Israeli General Benny Gantz, one of the leaders of the Blue and White (Kahol Lavan) political alliance, attends a campaign event in Tel Aviv. Israel on September 15, 2019. (AFP)

Israel’s Benny Gantz on Wednesday ruled out his Blue and White alliance joining a government led by a prime minister facing serious indictment, a reference to Benjamin Netanyahu’s legal situation.

“Blue and White led by me will not agree to sit in a government with a leader against whom stands a severe indictment,” Gantz said in a statement.

That came after Netanyahu was tasked with forming a new government following last week’s deadlocked election, as calls mount for a unity coalition.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:00 - GMT 07:00