Netanyahu phones left-wing party leaders

Exhausting all possibilities to form a coalition Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has called Blue and White’s Benny Gantz, Labor’s Merav Michaeli, and Meretz leader Nitzan Horovitz, Channel 12 news reports.

On Wednesday, Netanyahu called Mansour Abbas, chairman of Islamist party Ra’am, for the first time since the March election in a bid to get him to support direct elections, a proposal the incumbent prime minister has thrown his weight behind as his other attempts at forming a government after last month’s elections have so far fallen flat.

In his conversations with left-wing party heads, Netanyahu reportedly attempted to muster support for direct elections at a later stage, if the change bloc, guided by Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, fails to form a government.

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