Reports: Rotation Tops Agenda in Unity Talks

YERUSHALAYIM -
A combination picture shows Blue and White party leader Benny Gantz and Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)

While neither of the two major parties were giving out official details of the unity talks, the Israeli media was bubbling with information on Tuesday night.

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu‏‏ is reportedly discussing the possibility of a rotating premiership with Blue and White chief Benny Gantz, according to party sources being cited, even though the latter repeatedly said he would not join a Netanyahu government.

According to Channel 13, Netanyahu proposed he take the first turn as PM, but conceding Gantz more time at the top, up to 3 years.

Ynet reported that they have already reached an understanding that whoever is prime minister will allow the other party to control two of three senior portfolios: Foreign Affairs, Treasury or Defense.

Walla said Likud has proposed that the right-wing bloc split among itself a number of portfolios commensurate with what Blue and White receives.

Aside from questions of who gets what, negotiators began to approach some of the contentious issues raised during the campaign: Likud said it would seek to implement Netanyahu’s promise to extend Israeli sovereignty in the Jordan Valley and Dead Sea area; Blue and White talked about its plans for allowing public transportation on Shabbos and passage of a military draft bill to include yeshiva students, which the Defense Ministry approved last year but was opposed by United Torah Judaism, according to Ynet.