MK Ofer Shelah: Netanyahu wants direct elections to buy immunity

“Bibi accuses us of dragging Israel into elections. Here's the truth: He had his 25-day mandate and he did nothing,” MK Ofer Shelah said.

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November 9, 2019 08:27
Ofer Shelah

Ofer Shelah. (photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM/THE JERUSALEM POST)

On Friday, Blue and White MK Ofer Shelah said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “wants direct elections to buy [himself] a few more months of immunity,” adding, “everything else is lies and deception.”

“Bibi accuses us of dragging Israel into elections. Here's the truth: He had his 25-day mandate and he did nothing,” Shelah continued.

Netanyahu gave Interior Minister MK Aryeh Deri the go-ahead on advancing a direct election between him and Blue and White leader Benny Gantz, Channel 12 reported on Friday.

Senior right-bloc members looked to direct elections for prime minister, while Netanyahu said he was still in favor of a unity government on Tuesday.

“Prime Minister Netanyahu is not promoting a law for direct elections; rather, he is working on forming a broad national unity government, the only government that can be established and what the State of Israel needs at this time,” said a Likud spokesperson.

Lahav Harkov and Jerusalem Post Staff contributed to this report.


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