Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his rival Benny Gantz have agreed to form a unity government, a move that would avert the prospect of another election as the country grapples with the coronavirus pandemic and keep the Israeli leader in power while he faces trial on corruption charges.

On Monday, Mr. Netanyahu’s Likud party and Mr. Gantz’s Blue and White party issued a statement saying an agreement for a “national emergency government” has been signed after weeks of talks that had faltered in recent days.

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