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Blue & White leader Benny Gantz calls for unity among the center-left
Photo: Elad Malka
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz calls for unity among the center-left

Gantz urges center-left parties to unite into one bloc against Netanyahu

Former IDF chief says he is 'ready to sacrifice a lot' to initiate the move as Blue & White crashes in the polls and manages to barely hover over the electoral threshold

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Published: 01.11.21, 22:31
Blue & White leader Benny Gantz on Monday urged center-left parties to unite in a bid to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the upcoming March 2021 elections, saying he was "ready to sacrifice a lot" to initiate such a move.
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  • Gantz's statement comes as Israel prepares for a fourth election round in just under two years after its emergency unity government failed to reach an agreement over the state budget in December - leading to its automatic dissolution.
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    Blue & White leader Benny Gantz calls for unity among the center-left
    (Photo: Elad Malka)
    “I shook the hand of this man whom I pledged to replace, I shook the hand of a serial promise-breaker,” the former military chief said in a televised address to the nation.
    “I shook it because the State of Israel is at war and I am foremost its soldier. I was wrong. While a real and lethal pandemic is raging and threatening the lives of all of us, [Netanyahu] continued to divide and incite because it serves his personal interest and so he can escape his day in court."
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    Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the Knesset plenum
    (Photo: Knesset PR)
    “We cannot allow him to disperse us into fragments of parties - there is great danger that the opportunity will pass if we remain scattered across so many factions.”
    Following his speech, opposition leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party released a laconic statement, saying “we will make every effort toward mergers that will lead to a sane and liberal government that will change the country.”
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    Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman
    Yisrael Beiteinu Chairman Avigdor Liberman
    Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor Liberman
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    Yisrael Beytenu head Avigdor Liberman, however, dismissed Gantz’s offer, saying that “we already had an opportunity to replace [Netanyahu] but you chose to become a reserve prime minister. The only thing you can do now for the country is to announce you are not running for Knesset.”

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