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Elham AbolFateh

Middle East

Levy-Abekasis clarifies she’s not in talks to merge with Gantzs

Monday 11/February/2019 - 10:33 AM

The Times of Israel

The leader of the Gesher political party made it clear on Sunday that she is not in talks with Benny Gantz to unite with his Israel Resilience party in an effort to oust the ruling Likud party in the coming elections.

"There are currently no contacts between me and Benny Gantz،” MK Orly Levy-Abekasis told Channel 12 news.

"I am going to lead an independent slate because I think that real change will only come from a party that sees these things as a priority،” she said، speaking of her focus on social issues. “I can go it alone and I am going it alone."

Levy-Abekasis said speculation of a partnership with Gantz was coming primarily from political pundits.

"I am not interested in becoming a minister in the next government — what interests me is how I can advance the things I am coming to change and to fight for،” she said. “When social issues are not at the forefront، I can’t be there.

In a recording from a closed conference broadcast last Thursday by Channel 12، Levy-Abekasis slammed Gantz’s party platform.

She said it was so badly written that her son could have done better when he was 12.

Levy-Abekasis also revealed that she had received offers to form a union with various political parties، but she accused them all of only caring about security and about who will be defense minister، neglecting social issues.

Edited by Rabea Yehia

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