'The left is uniting - we're in danger'

New left-wing bloc could defeat Israeli right, lead to first left-wing government in Israel in more than a decade, Netanyahu warns.

Arutz Sheva Staff, | updated: 18:31

Binyamin Netanyahu
Binyamin Netanyahu
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Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu warned Thursday evening that the new alliance between Yesh Atid and Israel Resilience could defeat the Israeli right and usher in the first left-wing government.

Speaking at a Likud meeting, Netanyahu said the Israeli right was in "great danger", and called for right-wing unity ahead of the election.

"We are going into a very difficult election," said Netanyahu. "The left is uniting and benefiting from the support of the media and non-stop propaganda ahead of the election. We know that if we don't get our people out to vote, we'll be in danger. I don't need to spell it out for you - a great danger."

Netanyahu is said to be pursuing a united right-wing bloc for the upcoming election, in the hopes of creating a single bloc larger than the new alliance between Israel Resilience and Yesh Atid.

The Likud has led the Israel Resilience party by double digits in polling in recent weeks, but the addition of Yesh Atid and former Chief of Staff Gabriel ‘Gabi’ Ashkenazi to the joint list could push the Likud into second place.

With polls showing the center-right Kulanu faction, founded by former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon, and the Yisrael Beytenu party struggling to cross the electoral threshold, Education Minister Naftali Bennett called on Netanyahu earlier Thursday to form a broad rightist coalition for a joint list.

But with registration for the election closing at 10:00 p.m. Thursday night, Netanyahu has just hours to win backing for a grand union between the Likud and smaller right-leaning factions.

The Prime Minister is expected to make a public statement Thursday evening at a press conference in Kfar Maccabiah.

On the left, officials in the Labor and Meretz parties have discussed their own joint run. Despite progress between the two sides, Labor chief Avi Gabbay has yet to agree to forming a joint ticket with Meretz.

The Labor chief is said to have spoken with Meretz chairwoman Tamar Zandberg, telling her that internal polling suggested such an alliance would fail to win addition seats, but vowed to conduct an additional poll before ruling out a joint ticket.