Israel's President Reuven Rivlin will on Monday formally ask Benny Gantz to try to form the country's next government, after the ex-military chief secured recommendations from a majority of lawmakers.
Netanyahu though is standing firm against that sentiment, saying that delaying the deployment of the measures could "lead to the deaths of a great many Israelis".
Further measures announced by Netanyahu on Monday included putting most the country's public sector workforce on a one-month leave and reducing private sector employees to 30 percent attendance at their workplaces.
"While Prime Minister Netanyahu is handling an unprecedented global and national crisis in the most responsible and measured way", Netanyahu's Likud party said in a statement, "Gantz is rushing to a minority government dependent on. terror supporters instead of joining a national emergency government that will save lives".
Israel's Shin Bet has been authorised by the government to use its technological abilities to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, the intelligence service said on Tuesday.
"Tomorrow, around midday, the president will assign the task of forming the government to (the) head of Kachol Lavan. We are dealing with a prime minister who faces charges for breach of trust, and we have real suspicions about the decisions and offers that he is making". "We are committed more than ever, in light of the urgent need for a government, to hold essential democratic processes, even at time of crisis".
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The measures were approved by Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet under emergency regulations, without the full scrutiny of the Israeli parliament's Foreign Affairs and Defence committee.
Netanyahu is facing trial on corruption charges, which he has labeled as a witchhunt, but that trial was delayed as Israel's court system shut down this week as part of the drastic measures taken to contain the coronavirus outbreak in the country.
"Benjamin Netanyahu is squeezing every ounce of political and propaganda benefit from the coronavirus at a time of uncertainty and anxiety about the future", Yossi Verter, a political columnist, wrote in the left-wing Haaretz newspaper on Friday.
Two hawkish members of the Blue and White party, Zvi Hauser and Yoaz Hendel, have said they would not join a government endorsed by the Joint List. The Joint List will be "the biggest opponents" of a unity deal, said Odeh.
"Netanyahu, let's not manipulate the public", Gantz tweeted Sunday.
The specifics of the Shin Bet's anti-virus effort would be secret, like its other work.
Immediately after Israel's parliament was sworn-in earlier in the day, Knesset member Oded Forer of Liberman's Yisrael Beiteinu Party tabled the first bill of the new session, which would amend the law with the goal of forcing Netanyahu to step down. Gantz is planning to use his majority to oust the current speaker from Netanyahu's Likud Party, Yuli Adelstein, and replace him with Meir Cohen from Blue and White, thus controlling all legislation.