Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman and former Minister Moshe Kahlon are considering cooperating with one another in the next elections, Channel 10 News revealed on Wednesday.
According to the report, the three have been discussing ways to cooperate over the past several weeks. This cooperation could come into play after the election with the three parties agreeing to recommend one candidate to serve as Prime Minister, but the three could also work together during the election itself and present a joint front on some issues.
Channel 10 noted that there is also a possibility that the three parties could run together on one joint list, but that scenario is less likely.
The report further said that all three men have a strong desire to see someone else other than Binyamin Netanyahu serve as Prime Minister, making a possible cooperation likely.
Kahlon, formerly a popular minister with the Likud, took a break from politics before the last elections but has re-emerged in recent weeks with a new, unnamed as of yet, party.
On Wednesday, Kahlon outlined some of his new party's platform, saying it would be focused on economic development and fixing the cost of living crisis.
A Channel 2 poll released Tuesday suggested that Kahlon’s new party would win 10 seats in the 20th Knesset, if the elections were held today. A Channel 10 poll found that together, Kahlon, Lapid and Liberman’s parties would win 33 seats if elections were held today, compared to a combined 39 seats for the Likud and Jewish Home.
Meanwhile on Wednesday, Lapid launched a scathing attack against Netanyahu, in response to the Prime Minister’s speech on Tuesday in which he accused Lapid of plotting against him along with Tzipi Livni.
“Yesterday you stood in front of the entire nation and announced that you were dragged the State of Israel into unnecessary elections that no one but you wanted, because you are detached. You live in your own aquarium," Lapid fired.
Lapid further accused the PM of preferring "to paralyze the economy" via snap elections, rather than to come to an agreement with him over the budget, and of preferring "to protect the jobs of your close associates, because you are so detached that you don't understand that everyone sees this corruption."