Netanyahu: Gov’t ‘Making Effort’ to Avoid Early Elections

YERUSHALAYIM -
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gestures during a news conference, at the Prime Minister’s office in Yerushalayim, Tuesday. (Reuters/Ronen Zvulun)

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Tuesday that his government is “making efforts” to solve coalition crises and prevent early elections.

Speaking at a press conference announcing the next Bank of Israel Governor, the prime minister took questions from reporters and said that “we are making efforts to solve the [coalition] issues, including the draft problem.”

Regarding the possibility of calling elections earlier than the scheduled November 2019, Netanyahu said: “If we find a way, we would be happy to continue this government until the end of the year. That is still an open question.”

Netanyahu also said that the ongoing corruption probes against him aren’t affecting his daily activities.

When asked if he would use his immunity to avoid prosecution, Netanyahu said that he doesn’t think the question is practical because he doesn’t think he will be indicted. He admitted that he thinks about his probes regarding elections but said that they’re not a central consideration. “I am performing well, working a lot and not taking my eyes off the target,” he said.