Yair Lapid pushes to ban Otzma Yehudit from elections

Blue and White leader vows to petition election committee to bar Otzma Yehudit party from running in September elections.

Marcy Oster, JTA ,

Yair Lapid
Yair Lapid
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The Yesh Atid party, part of the Blue and White center-left coalition, will ask the Central Elections Committee to disqualify the right-wing Otzma Yehudit party from the upcoming national elections.

Yair Lapid, head of Yesh Atid, said he would work to make sure the party could not run in the September election, in response to a call by the Likud Party representative on the Central Elections Committee, lawmaker David Bitan, to refrain from making disqualification requests, since such challenges had just been heard ahead of the April elections.

The Otzma Yehudit party as a whole was not disqualified ahead of the April elections, but former party lawmaker Michael Ben-Ari was prevented by the Supreme Court from running. The court overturned the elections committee’s narrow vote to allow Ben-Ari to run in April’s national elections.

While Otzma Yehudit in the last election as part of the Union of Right-Wing Parties. This time it is running alone and may not receive enough votes to pass the 3.25 percent election threshold.