Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his chief rival on Monday signed an agreement to form an “emergency” government, their parties announced in a joint statement.
The deal between Netanyahu’s Likud Party and former military chief Benny Gantz’s Blue and White ends months of political paralysis and averts what would have been a fourth consecutive election in just over a year.
Ending weeks of negotiations, the sides announced a deal on Monday. Had they failed, the country likely would have been forced into another election.
Terms of the agreement weren’t immediately announced. But Israeli media said it called for a three-year period — with Netanyahu serving as prime minister for the first half and Gantz taking the job for the second half.