Likud and Blue and White say negotiations on forming a unity government ongoing in the face of reports that say they’re stuck.
President Reuven Rivlin, center, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz shake hands at the memorial ceremony for the late president Shimon Peres at the Mount Herzl cemetery in Jerusalem on September 19, 2019. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90).
Blue and White sources tell the Kan public broadcaster a final coalition deal won’t imminently be signed.
Gantz did not go to the Prime Minister’s Residence to sign the deal, but is still working on bridging the gaps, the sources say.
The Blue and White leader had previously said he won’t go back to the premier’s residence unless Netanyahu agrees to sign.
But officials in the party tell the Ynet news site that a coalition agreement could be signed within the hour.
“If there will be a mutual desire to close [the deal], we can reach an agreement within an hour,” the source is quoted as saying.
In a joint Likud-Blue and White statement, the political parties say Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz are meeting at the Prime Minister’s Residence in Jerusalem for coalition talks.
No further information on the progress of the negotiations is provided.