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News Wrap: Israel’s Benny Gantz tapped to form governing coalition

In our news wrap Monday, Israeli opposition leader Benny Gantz was formally tapped to attempt to form a governing coalition, following the country’s third election within a year. Gantz promised he would do “whatever it takes” to end the political deadlock. Also, in Springfield, Missouri, a police officer was among five people killed in an overnight shooting at a gas station. The gunman also died.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    In the day's other news: Plans are still on for presidential primaries in three states tomorrow, despite COVID-19.

    Arizona Florida and Illinois will vote. But the governor of Ohio called today for delaying in-person voting there until June.

    Meanwhile, Democrats Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders debated last night in an empty TV studio. We will get the details after the news summary.

    In Israel, opposition leader Benny Gantz was formally tapped today to form a governing coalition following the country's third election in a year. He had been unable to do so after the previous election. Today, though, at a ceremony with Israel's president, Gantz promised an end to the political deadlock.

  • Benny Gantz (through translator):

    I will do whatever it takes to form within as few days as possible a national, patriotic and broad government, a government in which I will protect the interest of settlers in Judea and Samaria, the Arab citizens of Israel, the periphery, and residents of the center of Israel as well.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu finished slightly ahead of Gantz in the March 2 election. But Gantz has won endorsements from a slim majority of Israeli lawmakers.

    And back in this country, five people, including a police officer, were killed overnight in a shooting attack on a gas station in Springfield, Missouri. Police say the gunman crashed his car into the station, opened fire on customers, employees and police, and finally took his own life.

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