Netanyahu says ‘we can’t go to fifth elections,’ hints he’ll seek defectors

Netanyahu claims any government that is formed without him as prime minister will quickly collapse, resulting in yet another round of elections.

“We can’t go to fifth elections,” he says.

Netanyahu hints he may try to pick off candidates from other parties to reach a majority, after speaking with the heads of right-wing and religious factions.

“I will speak will all MKs who espouse the principles I spoke about,” he says.

Those principles include support for free-market economic policies, “safeguarding the Land of Israel,” countering Iran and opposing the ICC war crimes probe of Israel and Palestinian terror groups.