The leaders continued negotiations and seem to be closer than ever to a breakthrough in finally putting together a coalition government, something that has eluded them for nearly a year and led to two extra elections.
What appears to be a key sticking point is who will have the power to make judicial appointments.
Netanyahu's Likud Party has demanded a change in the way the appointments committee is formed, hoping to give more of its lawmakers a say in the process. The Blue and White Party has rejected changes to the existing process.
Another divisive issue is that Netanyahu faces a trial on corruption charges, something critics say should bar him from being a part of the coalition-building process. The trial has been delayed due to the coronavirus crisis.
Under the present unity government plan, Netanyahu, already Israel's longest-serving prime minister, will keep his post for 18 months and then be replaced by Gantz. Some Likud members fear Gantz could serve most or all of the term if Netanyahu is found guilty at trial.