Lapid: Zero chance of giving up PM rotation

Lapid said it was important to vote for Blue and White in order to defeat the prime minister, warning that "a vote for Labor-Gesher was a vote for Netanyahu."

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September 12, 2019 09:25
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Blue and White co-candidate for prime minister Yair Lapid speaks speaks at the The Jerusalem Post-Ma

Blue and White co-candidate for prime minister Yair Lapid speaks speaks at the The Jerusalem Post-Ma'ariv Elections Conference, September 11 2019 . (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)

The chance of there not being a rotation between Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid as Blue and White’s candidates for prime minister is zero, Lapid said on Wednesday, when asked what the odds were on a scale from one to 100.

Speaking at a Hebrew-language conference in Herzliya sponsored by Maariv and The Jerusalem Post, Lapid said recent polls have indicated that the rotation will help Blue and White obtain more mandates.

Lapid said it was important to vote for Blue and White in order to defeat Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warning that “a vote for Labor-Gesher is a vote for Netanyahu.” He said Labor would cross the 3.25% electoral threshold.

After winning the election, Lapid said Blue and White would keep the Jordan Valley. He mocked Netanyahu’s announcement about annexing the area on Tuesday.

“Who stopped him from annexing for 13 years?” Lapid asked. “It is clearly an empty campaign promise. It is not even a successful campaign stunt, because it is so transparent.”

Lapid said he is in favor of the Central Elections Committee having cameras in polling stations and ensuring better oversight of the election. However, he added that he is very against parties using cameras to distance voters.

He said Blue and White would form a coalition with Yisrael Beytenu and the Likud, if it replaces Netanyahu as its leader.

“We won’t sit with Netanyahu, period,” he said. “We won’t sit with a man with three indictments of fraud and breach of trust and one for bribery.”


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