Gantz Leaves Netanyahu Meeting After Minister Says He’s ‘Not Ready to Be Prime Minister’

Defense Minister Benny Gantz left a meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday, after Transportation Minister Miri Regev of Netanyahu’s Likud party said in an interview he “wasn’t ready to become prime minister.”

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In an interview with the Yedioth Ahronoth daily, to be published in full on Thursday, Regev said: “Let’s see what happens in the next year and a half” before Gantz is expected to take over from Netanyahu, according to the unity coalition deal between Likud and Kahol Lavan. “Let’s see if he learns from the best,” she added.

Gantz and Netanyahu had spent several hours together on Wednesday in meetings related to Gantz’s position as defense minister, but once they sat down privately, Gantz protested Regev’s remarks. He said they are out of line for government partners, demanded an apology and left the room.