Will there be a cohabitation in Israel? Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz, in a handkerchief in the parliamentary elections last Tuesday, began Monday, September 23, negotiations to form a government of national unity.

The Likud leader, who has been in constant business for ten years, suggested that he would be willing to accept the principle of a rotation at the head of government, such as that which was implemented between 1984 and 1988 by Labor Shimon Peres and Conservative Yitzhak Shamir.

Benny Gantz, leader of the centrist party Bleu Blanc, has publicly opposed the idea of ​​cohabitation with Benjamin Netanyahu because of suspected corruption.

"Moving forward in unity"

President Reuven Rivlin, appointed to designate the best candidate to form a coalition, pleaded for a unity government and summoned the two men on Monday for in-camera talks. "The responsibility for forming a government is yours, and the people expect you to find a solution (...) even if you have to pay the price from a personal or ideological point of view," said the president. at the end of this meeting to three.

At the end of their meeting, Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz issued a joint statement in which they said they had discussed "to move forward in unity", without providing further details. The teams of candidates will consult Tuesday before a potential meeting organized by President Rivlin with Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz on Wednesday.

Benny Gantz had met earlier with ultranationalist Avigdor Lieberman, who could hold the key to a future coalition. "Fortunately, the two big parties have incorporated the imperative need to put a united government place with a rotating leadership," Lieberman told Facebook. "The whole question now is who will hold the position of prime minister at first and second," says Avigdor Lieberman. It would be imperative for Benjamin Netanyahu to be the first to hold the position of head of government if he wants to avoid prosecution in corruption cases.

With Reuters and AFP