Israel: who are Netanyahu’s competitors in the legislative elections? 2
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Wednesday 13 March 2019 Last update on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 At 8:03 AM

Benjamin Netanyahu’s two main rivals have formed an alliance, a month and a half before the legislative elections, which should enable them to slightly threaten the long reign of the Prime Minister who is already facing the risk of charges of alleged corruption.

Launching his campaign, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in office for a decade, headed a little further to the right. This happened even before the announcement of the agreement between Benny Gantz, former chief of staff at the head of the new Resilience Party, and Yair Lapid, leader of the Yesh Atid centrist party (11 seats out of 120 in the outgoing Parliament).

On Wednesday the 6th, he signed an agreement pushing several groups to the far right of the political spectrum to unite for the legislative elections, at the risk of being accused of having brought a “racist” extreme right-wing group into the Knesset.

Netanyahu’s rivals team up

The objective is not to let right-wing voices scatter over small lists that would ultimately not get enough votes to be represented in Parliament. Mr. Gantz and Mr. Lapid invoked Mr. Netanyahu’s manoeuvre and investigations to justify their alliance, as well as “their deep sense of national responsibility”.

In a speech on Thursday evening with Mr. Lapid, Mr. Gantz denounced Mr. Netanyahu’s power, accusing him of being responsible for the “bad wind blowing in our streets”.

Benny Gantz : the most serious challenger to Netanyahu

The Kahol Lavan movement, born from the alliance of Benny Gantz with Yair Lapid, on 21stFebruary, has finally released, on Wednesday 6th of March, a 45-page document listingproposals for the legislative elections on the 9th of April.

This formation, which questions the victory announced so far by Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu, focuses on its triple indictment procedure. With one month to go before the election, Kahol Lavan surpasses Netanyahu’s Likud in the polls.

Since founding the “Resilience for Israel” party, Benny Gantzhas emerged as the most serious challenger to the unsinkable Netanyahu, who has spent thirteen years in power, including ten consecutive years since March 2009 after a first term from 1996 to 1999.

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