Eisenkot says elections necessary within months to renew public trust

War cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot speaks at the funeral of his son Gal, in Herzliya on December 8, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
War cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot speaks at the funeral of his son Gal, in Herzliya on December 8, 2023. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

War cabinet minister Gadi Eisenkot says elections should be held in the coming months in order to renew the public’s trust in its leadership.

The comments made in an interview he conducted several weeks ago with Channel 12’s Uvda investigative program air hours after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu rejected the idea of holding elections in the middle of a war that he has said could well continue into 2025.

“It is necessary, within a period of months, to return the Israeli voter to the polls and hold elections in order to renew trust because right now there is no trust,” says Eisenkot, whose son was killed fighting in Gaza last month.

Eisenkot’s National Unity party agreed to join Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition on an emergency basis in a demonstration of political unity after the October 7 terror onslaught.

“As a democracy, the state of Israel needs to ask itself after such a serious event, ‘How do we continue from here with a leadership that has failed us miserably?'” Eisenkot continues.

Pressed to respond to Netanyahu’s claim that elections in the middle of the war would harm public unity, Eisenkot responds, “The lack of trust from the Israeli public in his government is no less serious.”

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