Gantz’s Party Splits Over Unity With Netanyahu Moments Ahead of Key Knesset Vote
Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan party has split, after party leader nominated himself for the position of Knesset speaker, in a bid to keep alive the possibility of a unity government with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party.
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Kahol Lavan's co-leaders Yair Lapid and Moshe Ya'alon, who were critical of the move, filed on Thursday a request to split their Knesset roster. Their two factions will remain as one party under the name Kahol Lavan.
Their request comes only moments before the Knesset was set to vote on Gantz's nomination.
Gantz's party initially intended to nominate Meir Cohen, a member of Lapid's Yesh Atid faction, and use the position to promote legislation that would prevent an indicted lawmaker from forming a government and acting as prime minister.