Netanyahu, Gantz discuss rotating as Israel PM: report

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Benjamin Netanyahu and his political rival Benny Gantz may rotate as Israeli prime minister, Reuters reported Monday.

The proposal was reportedly considered during negotiations between the two politicians and President Reuven Rivlin, who is tasked with picking a candidate best-placed to try to form the next governing coalition.

{mosads}Last week, Netanyahu was unable to secure a clear victory in Israel’s second national election in six months.

Neither he nor Gantz, a former general, have enough support from respective allies to form a majority in the 120-member parliament. 

Gantz, head of the centrist Blue and White Party, has been resistant to allying with Netanyahu’s Likud Party.

Concluding their meeting with Rivlin, Netanyahu and Gantz issued a joint statement saying they had discussed “moving forward with unity,” according to Reuters.

Making the prime minister role rotating has precedent in the 1984-88 unity government of left-leaning Shimon Peres and right-winger Yitzhak Shamir, who took turns as prime minister.

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