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Report: Gantz leaves meeting with Netanyahu without deal

Talks between Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Blue and White chief Benny Gantz blew up Monday morning, after the two sides failed to reach an agreement for the formation of a national unity government.

According to a report by Channel 12 Monday morning, Gantz, who met with Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Residence, left the meeting after an hour and a half without an agreement or breakthrough on a key issue – the make-up of the judicial appointments committee.

Netanyahu is said to have offered two compromise arrangements to placate Gantz, though neither option was accepted, according to Channel 12.

As a result of the failure to bridge the gap and reach a coalition agreement, Gantz is reportedly preparing to back legislation aimed at barring Netanyahu from being tapped for an additional term as premier.

Gantz, who has demanded that Netanyahu sign an coalition agreement by Monday, is said to be laying the groundwork for the bill backed by the Yisrael Beytenu and Yesh Atid parties which would prevent the mandate for forming a government from being given to any MK who is currently under indictment – a law which if passed would prevent Netanyahu from serving an additional term as premier.