Blue and White, New Hope Announce Union
Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party have inked an agreement to run as a joint slate in the upcoming election, set for November 1, they announced on Sunday evening, July 10.
Decrying extremist elements, Gantz said at a press briefing that the two parties will set out to establish a “responsible, realistic, secure, and liberal” government. Such a coalition, he said, will “say no to racism, no to extremism, and yes to unity for all parts of the country and all types of citizens… ultra-Orthodox, Orthodox, secular; Muslims, Christians, Druse, and Jews.”
“Israel deserves better,” Gantz said, adding that voters “shouldn’t have to pick from the extremes,” but instead deserve a sane, central option. (TOI / VFI News)