Yisrael Beiteinu, led by Avigdor Lieberman, called for the establishment of a secular unity government composed of himself, the Likud and the Blue and White, which would explicitly exclude Netanyahu`s right-wing and religious allies. As Lieberman`s party maintains the balance of power in the Knesset, analysts have identified such a coalition as the most viable option. [Citation required] Gantz had campaigned in all three elections promising not to join any Netanyahu-led government. His reversal led some members of his center-left coalition to break up and refuse to join the government. After Israel`s April 2019 parliamentary elections, blue and white group leader Benny Gantz acknowledged, paving the way for interim Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, leader of the Likud, to begin talks with other parties to form a governing coalition.  The agreement also stipulates that Gantz has veto power over the appointment of Knesset spokesman. Such dramatic changes forced the Israeli Supreme Court to intervene and, on May 6, it paved the way for the coalition government to move forward. After the court`s vote, the Knesset voted on May 7 to amend the basic laws, Israel`s quasi-constitution, which allows the coalition government to take office. The new government, which has 36 cabinet ministers, was sworn in on Sunday, May 17. The coalition agreement signed by Likud and Kachol Lavan expressly overrides the fact that the unilateral annexation of West Bank territory and the application of Israeli sovereignty to West Bank settlements begins on July 1.
The two men had been called upon to avoid a fourth election and form a coalition to fight the coronavirus pandemic….