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National Unity says won’t recommend any candidate for PM

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar (R) at a National Unity faction meeting at the Knesset, on November 6, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)
Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz and Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar (R) at a National Unity faction meeting at the Knesset, on November 6, 2022. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

Outgoing Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity party says it won’t recommend any candidate for prime minister when it meets tomorrow with President Isaac Herzog for consultations on who should form the next government.

A statement from National Unity says the move is due to “the election results,” without further elaborating.

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman Yisrael’s Beytenu also says it doesn’t intend to recommend anyone, according to Hebrew media reports.

The Labor party is expected to recommend Prime Minister Yair Lapid, as is the premier’s own Yesh Atid party.

All three factions are members of the coalition that collapsed in June, triggering last week’s election, though National Unity had said before the votes that it would recommend Gantz for premier instead of Lapid.

Herzog is expected to give Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu the nod to form the next government, after his right-religious bloc won a majority in the election.

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