WEST BANK: Benny Gantz, leader of the center-left Blue and White party, rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s offer to form a government.
In the first party meeting since Tuesday’s parliamentary elections, Gantz said he is now the leader of the largest party in Israel.
“I want to establish a broad and liberal unity government headed by me to bring about the will of the people of Israel,” he said
Responding to Netanyahu’s call for a unity government, he said: “You don’t approach establishing a unity government with blocs and spins.”
Netanyahu said it is impossible to form a unity government without a meeting between the two major party leaders.
“I was disappointed that at this time Benny Gantz still refuses to meet,” Netanyahu said.
Earlier on Thursday, Netanyahu called Gantz to form a unity government, according to Israeli local media reports.
The move came after it became clear that the right-wing parties have no majority to form the next Israeli government.
On Wednesday, he met with the leaders of religious right-wing parties Yamina, Shas and United Torah Judaism to negotiate as one bloc.