Israel’s two main opponents of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Thursday that they had created an alliance to defeat him in the early parliamentary elections on 9 April.
Benny Gantz, former Chief of Staff of the Occupation Army, and the centrist Yair Lapid indicated in press releases that they formed a common list and that they would together assume the function of rotating Prime Minister in the event of victory.
Benny Gantz recently created his party, “Resilience for Israel”, which is generally ranked at the centre right. Yaïr Lapid, is the leader of the Yesh Atid centrist party (“There is a future”), which currently has 11 deputies out of 120 in parliament.
According to surveys, these two politicians are the main opponents of Benjamin Netanyahu, who leads the opinion polls despite corruption surveys.
Benny Gantz has already joined forces with former Chief of Staff and Minister of Defence Moshe Yaalon. Another former chief of staff, Gabi Ashkenazi, has also decided to join “Resilience for Israel”, Gantz and Lapid’s parties have said in statements.
“Motivated by a deep national responsibility, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid and Moshe Yaalon have decided to create a unified list that will constitute the new governing party in Israel,” Yesh Atid said in a statement.
Netanyahu and Likud are favourites for polls. However, the possibility that the Attorney General may announce before 9 April his intention to charge the Prime Minister in several cases of alleged corruption is weighing on the campaign.