Netanyahu Says He Plans to Employ ‘New, Young’ Players to Continue His Work

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Netanyahu at a Channel 20 conference in Jerusalem, earlier this week
Netanyahu at a Channel 20 conference in Jerusalem, earlier this weekCredit: Ohad Zwigenberg

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu intends to employ “new and young players” to continue his work after his term ends, he told Army Radio Thursday morning.

Asked whether he plans to hand over power in an orderly manner if he loses the March 23 election, Netanyahu replied: “Of course. What will I do? Cry?”

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The prime minister also said that Naftali Bennett's Yamina party would join a government he heads after the election only "if they have a few seats, there's no doubt.  But if they win big, he will go with Lapid.”  

Commenting on Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party, Netanyahu said: “Lapid, who is competing with me for the premiership, is going to [draw votes away from] Gideon because people understand that Gideon is an empty promise.”

In a Channel 12 News poll published Tuesday, Netanyahu's Likud party nabbed two seats from its rivals, reaching 30 out of 120 Knesset seats.

Yesh Atid lost one seat, falling to 18 seats. New Hope continued its decline in the polls to 10 seats.

The four parties teetering on the brink of the 3.25-percent electoral threshold – Benny Gantz's Kahol Lavan, Meretz, the United Arab List and Religious Zionism – are all projected to gain enough votes to the enter the Knesset and receive four seats.

According to the poll, the parties who are either clearly opposed to Netanyahu or noncommittal lack a clear path to a majority in the poll, with 57 seats in total.

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