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Justice Minister Gideon Saar and Defense Minister Benny Gantz

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)