Bennett Pans 'Partisan' Netanyahu, but Says He Won't Rule Out Gov't With Anybody

'If everyone rejects everyone, we will have no government, and we will need to go to four more elections,' Israel's outgoing PM Bennett tells Kan public broadcaster

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Naftali Bennett in the Knesset on the day of the vote for its dissolution.
Naftali Bennett in the Knesset on the day of the vote for its dissolution.Credit: Ohad Zwigenberg
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Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett would not rule out sitting in a government with opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu, he told Kan public broadcaster in an interview airing on Saturday, even though hostility to his more than decade-long rule brought together Bennett's diverse coalition in the first place.

In what could be his last interview before he hands over the premiership to his coalition partner Yair Lapid, Bennett slammed ex-prime minister Netanyahu for the "most partisan behavior I have seen in years" and said that he is "really not the right person" to lead Israel.

Despite this, he did not rule out cooperating with his former ally. "If everyone rejects everyone, we will have no government, and we will need to go to four more elections," Bennett added.

On the subject of whether Bennett will seek public office again, he said that "he has not yet made his mind up," with the next round of elections slated for the fall.

The prime minister said that it is not about "how many seats" he will achieve, with the prime minister hovering just above the electoral threshold in recent polls, but explained that he is asking "how to get the State of Israel out of this pit and out of this rift, and whether I have a role to play."

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