Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Benny Gantz have issued a statement on their agreement to swear in a new government on 13 May, which has been approved by the Supreme Court.

The Supreme Court, consisting of 11 judges, on Wednesday unanimously ruled that there is “no reason to interfere with the Cabinet’s imposition of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Likud-Blue coalition agreement”, according to state-run Israeli Public Broadcasting Corporation.

The reconciliation of Netanyahu and Gantz followed three fruitless elections, after which they both announced an ’emergency’ government last month, vowing to put aside their rivalry to tackle the coronavirus pandemic. In late April, the two former rivals signed a 14-page pact that envisages the division of power between them so that the creation of a government could be possible.

Under their adopted deal, Netanyahu will remain the prime minister for 18 more months, while Gantz will hold the position of defense minister and will subsequently replace Netanyahu.

Earlier in the year, the Israeli PM was indicted on charges of accepting bribes, fraud and breach of trust, which he repeatedly denied, labeling them a politically motivated “witch hunt”.