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Bidding to foster unity, Gantz apologizes to Lapid for saying he ‘hates people’

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Defense Minister Benny Gantz has publicly apologized for remarks he made about his former political partner MK Yair Lapid, and again urged that the two reunite their Blue and White and Yesh Atid parties for a joint campaign in the coming March elections to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Gantz expressed regret for having said earlier this month that Lapid, who leads the opposition, “hates people.”

“I am very sorry,” Gantz said during an interview with Channel 13 news Tuesday.

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Looking into the camera to directly address Lapid, Gantz said, “I am sorry for what was said. What was said in the past belongs in the past, the future is unity.”

He maintained that what the two have in common is greater than what divides them but would not be drawn into saying whether he would agree to be Lapid’s No. 2 if they ran on a joint slate, despite having earlier in the day indicated that he would.

Netanyahu’s Likud party said after the interview that Gantz was busying himself with “small politics.”

Gantz also deflected suggestions that he step down as party leader in the face of polls that predicted Blue........

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