Gadi Eizenkot
Gadi Eizenkot Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

Gadi Eizenkot, former IDF Chief of Staff, is expected to announce during the coming week his decision regarding whether he will run for Knesset.

It is expected that he will join interim Prime Minister Yair Lapid's party, Yesh Atid.

According to journalist Daphna Liel, in recent weeks, Eizenkot attempted to convince Lapid and Defense Minister Benny Gantz (Blue and White) to join forces, but his efforts did not bear fruit.

According to sources close to Eizenkot, he has not yet made the decision to join politics, but he will decide to join a party only if he believes that it will significantly impact the political map in the upcoming elections, and contribute to the strength and stability of the government.

Last month, it was reported that Eizenkot would like to see a broad government which was not dependent on the whims of a sole Knesset member, but also wants the next prime minister to come from a party with a significant number of seats in the Knesset.

Before the most recent election, former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon said he would be running together with Eizenkot.

Eizenkot, however, poured cold water on those comments and ultimately did not run for the Knesset.