Sunday , May 16 2021

Gantz: It doesn’t matter who replaces Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu must be replaced and no matter who, blue and white leader Benny Gantz said at a news conference at Ramat Gan’s Kfar Hamaccabiah Hotel on Wednesday.

Gantz spoke before the end of his three-month term as acting justice minister. Gantz lamented that since Netanyahu will not put the appointment to a vote, there will be no Justice Minister as Netanyahu’s criminal trial begins.

“This is an alarm clock call for all honest people in politics,” Gantz said. “It is a time of emergency, so it is less important who will be prime minister, as long as Netanyahu ceases to hold office and we agree on an honest, statist government that will serve all citizens.”

Gantz said it is difficult to get center-right parties to join the effort to replace Netanyahu, a reference to Yamina leader Naftali Bennett. He said the effort would require more talks to find a solution that would allow the formation of a new government.

Regarding Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid, Gantz would only say that Blue and White will support the candidate who will have the best chances of replacing the government.

Gantz met Lapid on Wednesday at the second meeting of the two allies turned rivals in five days, after not meeting for more than a year.

“The two continued discussions on the solution to form a government that will replace Netanyahu,” a Lapid spokesman said. “Discussions will continue in the coming days.”

After not speaking in public for more than a week, Netanyahu will head to the country Wednesday night.

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