Benny Gantz: I’m doing everything to prevent another election

“Unity does not mean a bloc where everyone thinks as one person and works as one person, unity means that everyone puts interests aside for the sake of the country.”

Blue and White leader Benny Gantz (photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/MAARIV)
Blue and White leader Benny Gantz said that he is doing everything he can to prevent further elections, "above and below the surface."
“Unity does not mean a bloc where everyone thinks as one person and works as one person, unity means that everyone puts interests aside for the sake of the country,” Gantz said, speaking at a conference on Tuesday.
“We all agree on eighty percent of the issues; there is no reason to throw billions in the trash. In the last elections, most Israeli citizens chose unity, while some [politicians] prefer to focus on personal and legal-related interests. I'm doing everything above and below the surface to prevent further elections,” he added.
Gantz expressed hope that a unity government would restore the cohesion that Israel has been missing in recent years, quoting the agreement reached by Likud leader Yitzhak Shamir and Labor leader Shimon Peres to govern together in 1984.
“Eventually, after lengthy negotiations, everyone realized that a unity government had to be formed and going to elections would be a disaster for the state. Shimon Peres, who headed the larger party, was appointed as the first prime minister in a rotation, and after two years in office, Yitzhak Shamir replaced him,” he recalled.
“We have a lot of challenges in this wonderful country. We must start working together to overcome them,” Gantz further said.