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Netanyahu says Gantz ‘trying to escape’ from unity government

Prime Minister Netanyahu reiterates his call for the formation of a “broad national unity government” and rejects his rival Benny Gantz’s call for him to step down over his legal woes.

Netanyahu says that such a government is the “will of the nation” after both his Likud party and Gantz’s Blue and White failed to secure sufficient support together with their allies in last month’s elections to form a government alone.

“Apparently Benny Gantz is trying to escape from this decision. He is suggesting changing the democratic process. I don’t intend to accede to this request,” Netanyahu says, referring to Gantz’s demand he step down.

“We need to go together.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (R) speaks during a Likud faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem on October 3, 2019. (Emmanuel Dunand/AFP)

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