Ex-Labor Head Doubts Elections Are Coming Soon

MK Yechimovich says only Jewish Home is getting stronger in the polls, so no one else wants elections.

Uzi Baruch, Gil Ronen,

Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich
Labor leader Shelly Yechimovich
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Former head of the Labor party, MK Shelly Yechimovich, expressed doubts Saturday regarding the possibility that elections will be held anytime soon – despite the talk about such a possibility.

In an live public interview in Holon, Yechimovich said: “There is only one party that is growing stronger, and I regret to say it is the Jewish Home. All the other parties have no interest in heading toward elections now, and that is why, in my estimate, it will not happen.”

The possibility that an alternative government to Likud's would be established by the current MKs in the Knesset, Yechimovich called the possibility “very weak and almost imaginary,” but added that if the move does materialize, it should be taken seriously and not dismissed offhand.

Yesh Atid head Yair Lapid recently threatened Binyamin Netanyahu with the possibility of replacing him as prime minister, since theoretically, he would be able to form and head a new government along with Yisrael Beytenu and the leftist parties.

With its 19 seats, Yesh Atid is now the largest party in the Knesset after the resignation of former Interior Minister Gideon Saar placed Likud at just 18 MKs. Saar was replaced by an MK from Yisrael Beytenu.

"It has been proven without a doubt that any coalition headed by Binyamin Netanyahu is wholly cut from the same cloth as Netanyahu, and his associates have no ability to exert an influence, eithir on the diplomatic plane or the economic-social one,” she added. “Netanyahu is a right winger, economically and diplomatically, and any government he heads will look like that, so any legitimate political move to replace him is legitimate.”




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