A new candidate for prime minister?

Minister Miri Regev not ruling out running for Likud leadership after the Netanyahu era.

Ben Ariel,

Miri Regev
Miri Regev
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Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev (Likud) sees herself as a candidate for prime minister in the future, after the Netanyahu era.

"After the Netanyahu era, I think it's time for a woman prime minister. After 70 years, the state is ready to accept a female candidate," Regev said in an interview with Hadashot TV on Thursday.

Regev was asked why she has not yet announced that she intends to run for the leadership of the Likud, like Gideon Sa'ar and Yisrael Katz have done, and replied, "The difference between me and them is that they declared themselves candidates [for prime minister]. I am not making such an announcement because we have an excellent prime minister."

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett has also said in the past that he views himself as a candidate for prime minister. Like Regev, he has made clear that he only intends to run for the position once Netanyahu steps down.