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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.

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“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 Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.