Netanyahu to Gantz: Don’t abandon the campaign now

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, June 9, 2024 (Screen grab)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the start of the weekly cabinet meeting, June 9, 2024 (Screen grab)

As Benny Gantz announces that he is leaving the government, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu calls for the National Unity party leader to remain.

“Israel is in an existential war on multiple fronts,” Netanyahu writes on X, while Gantz is still speaking. “Benny, this is not the time to abandon the campaign — this is the time to join forces.”

Netanyahu promises to keep going until victory and the attainment of all the war aims, “primarily the release of hostages and the elimination of Hamas.”

“My door will remain open to any Zionist party willing to shoulder the burden and help attain victory over our enemies, and ensure the safety of our citizens,” he concludes.

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