Labor’s Gilad Kariv: Israel has ‘woken up’ and is ready for a change in government

Sam Sokol is the Times of Israel's political correspondent. He was previously a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, Jewish Telegraphic Agency and Haaretz. He is the author of "Putin’s Hybrid War and the Jews"

The Israeli public has “woken up” and wants a new prime minister, Labor MK Gilad Kariv tells The Times of Israel amid what appears to be the biggest protest in Jerusalem since the beginning of the war on October 7.

Speaking on the sidelines of a massive demonstration calling for new elections and the immediate return of the hostages, the liberal lawmaker asserts that “it is clear that in order to win and bring back the hostages we need a different leadership.”

“And today there is a very clear call that represents big parts in the Israeli public,” he says. “We need to go to elections. This is not a six-day war, it’s a six-month war and this is the time for elections, after we end and complete the next hostages deal.”

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