Lapid calls on Netanyahu to debate him: ‘Israel deserves answers’

PM says opposition leader must first declare he’s running for premiership; Sa’ar says he and Bennett must be allowed to take part too

Opposition leader Yair Lapid made a last-minute call Saturday for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to engage in a televised debate with him in the evening, three days before the country goes to the polls.

According to Kan news, Lapid contacted all three major networks — Kan, Channel 12 and Channel 13 — and said he was willing to hold a jointly broadcast debate. Channels 12 and 13 both said Netanyahu was holding discussions with allies and had not yet decided on a response.

Later Saturday, Netanyahu appeared to dodge the challenge, saying in a TV interview that he would agree to debate Lapid if the latter formally declares he’s running for prime minister.

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