Israel’s political right is slowly coming to realize that it will probably have to join forces ahead of the next election in order to beat popular candidates such as Yair Lapid.
Will Lieberman (left) and Bennett soon be joining forces? Photo credit: Reuters/Channel 2 News
These are unstable times for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He is currently under a criminal investigation into two separate corruption cases, and police have recently stated they are likely to indict him on both. While his fellow Likud party members are being consistent in stating their loyalty to their leader in front of the cameras, some of them are already cooking up scenarios behind the scenes for an alternate government, in case he is forced to resign.
According to a senior official, Israel’s political right is slowly coming to realize that it will probably have to join forces ahead of the next election in order to beat popular candidates to replace Netanyahu, mainly Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid, who has been shown to lead in many recent polls.
It is highly probable, the official added, that at least two of Israel’s three leading right-wing parties – Likud, HaBayit Hayehudi and Yisrael Beiteinu – will have to run under a joint list in order to increase their chances of beating Lapid.