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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for direct prime ministerial elections in Israel on Saturday night as a way to avoid having to send Israelis to a third round of national elections that would require the dissolution of the Knesset and a complete new campaign for every lawmaker.

“If the Blue and White party does not and will not agree to a national unity government, we must go to the citizens of Israel and let them make a direct choice for prime minister, Netanyahu and Gantz,” he said.


“There is one more thing that can be done to prevent an unnecessary third round of national elections,” Netanyahu said: “That is, to choose a direct election for a prime minister between Benny Gantz and me.

“In Blue and White, you always say that you know what the people want. So I say a simple thing: Let the people decide.

“Let the people choose who will lead them. Let the people decide, and no one else; not the media, either.”


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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.