In sur­prise move, Ne­tanyahu ri­val picked as Is­raeli par­lia­ment speaker

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - NATION & WORLD -

JERUSALEM — Is­raeli Prime Min­is­ter Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu’s chief ri­val was cho­sen on Thurs­day as the new speaker of par­lia­ment, an un­ex­pected step that could pave the way to a power-shar­ing deal be­tween the two men.

The sud­den turn­about by Benny Gantz, who has spent the past year try­ing to top­ple Ne­tanyahu in three bit­ter and in­con­clu­sive elec­tions, ap­peared to give the em­bat­tled prime min­is­ter a new lease on life as he pre­pares to go on trial on cor­rup­tion charges. It also drew an­gry crit­i­cism from Gantz’s po­lit­i­cal part­ners, who ac­cused him of be­trayal, and ripped apart his Blue and White party, an al­liance of three anti-Ne­tanyahu fac­tions.

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