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Israeli Left Warns That Lapid’s “Irresponsible” Campaign Could Make Netanyahu Prime Minister

Posters with the faces of former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and the current head of government, Yair Lapid. – Ilia Yefimovich/dpa

The Israeli Labor Party and the Meretz have warned this Wednesday that the electoral campaign drawn up by the prime minister, Yair Lapid, is “irresponsible” and could lead to Benjamin Netanyahu being the head of the Israeli Executive again after the elections scheduled for the next November 1.

Thus, they have accused Lapid of having a “selfish” electoral strategy that puts the strength of his own party first, which could endanger the electoral situation of his allies.

If Labor or Meretz win less than 3.25 percent of the support needed to enter Parliament, Netanyahu’s bloc would almost certainly have a parliamentary majority.

Meretz leader Zehava Galon has warned that Lapid is making a “terrible mistake” and that this “will only benefit Netanyahu.” “These calculations will only promote greater power in the hands of Netanyahu, it is clearly true”, she has stated before lamenting that Meretz “is in danger”, according to information collected by the newspaper ‘The Times of Israel’.

Similar criticisms come from the Labor Party regarding the possibility that the deputies of the formation remain outside the Knesset due to having little support. “It is better that he works to increase support for the bloc by attracting votes from other sectors instead of confronting us or Meretz,” a senior official from the formation pointed out.

With just under a week to go before the polls, Lapid’s Yesh Atid party and its main ally, the National Unity Party led by Defense Minister Benny Gantz, have seen tension rise.

Faced with the possibility that Lapid’s bloc will not win the seats necessary to obtain a majority, Gantz has positioned himself as a possible new prime minister and has advocated creating a coalition by leaving the ultra-Orthodox parties off Netanyahu’s radar.

However, sources close to Yesh Atid have assured that the formation “will never sit in a government led by Gantz” and have indicated that it is “fantasies”. “It is only a matter of time before Gantz accepts the fact that Lapid is the leader of the bloc and that he will be the one to form the government,” he clarified before insisting that “if he wants to bring in the ultra-Orthodox, he will have to do it to the bloc in your whole”.

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