Shlomo Karhi
Shlomo KarhiArutz Sheva

Likud MK Shlomo Kahi responded strongly Monday to the announcement that the Blue and White and New Hope parties will run together in the upcoming elections.

Speaking to 103 FM Radio, Karhi called the joined list the "new anti-Netanyahu union".

"I thought that it was a bit weird, to me, that [Defense Minister Benny] Gantz, as they say, saved [Justice Minister Gideon] Sa'ar from crashing beneath the electoral threshold," Karhi told 103 FM. "In my eyes, this union is excellent for us - Sa'ar is not very popular, to say the least, and that will erode the result of this union."

Gantz heads the Blue and White party, while Sa'ar heads New Hope.

"We have another two months until we submit the lists, and over three months until elections," Karhi noted. "In my estimation, this [joined part] will drop to the size of Gantz's before the union, to about 10-11 seats. The ones who will benefit from this are either the right-wing bloc or the people who sit at home and do not believe in Sa'ar."

Karhi added, "They are trying to hide the fact that their only [way to form a] government is to sit with the United Arab List and the Joint Arab List. They have no other way to do it, otherwise Gantz would have come forward and formed a government now and not dragged us to elections. Gantz for some reason I don't know saved Sa'ar and that is only to our benefit."