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Benny Gantz, Netanyahu's chief rival, chosen as Israeli parliament speaker


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“Democracy has won,” Gantz declared in his first speech as speaker, saying he had taken the unpopular step to deal with the national emergency of a worsening coronavirus crisis.

“These are not regular days and they demand irregular decisions. Therefore as I said, I intend to examine and advance in every way the establishment of a national emergency government,” he said. “We will not compromise on the principles that more than 1 million citizens voted for. Netanyahu knows that well.”

The sudden turnabout by Gantz, who has spent the past year trying to topple Netanyahu in three bitter and ...


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