MKs Yair Lapid of the Yesh Atid faction and Moshe Yaalon of the Telem faction officially filed to separate their parties from Benny Gantz‘s Hosen L’Yisrael Party.
The move came after Gantz listened to Prime Minister Benyamin Netanyahu‘s request and submitted his own candidacy for Knesset Speaker instead of allowing MK Meir Cohen, a member of Lapid’s Yesh Atid to be their party’s candidate.
The Party was going to recommend Cohen become speaker so that he can push their legislation, but the Likud warned Gantz that if he would support Cohen, they would cancel any option for a unity government.
Now, with Lapid and Yaalon out of the picture, Netanyahu and Gantz are negotiating the Unity Government between them.
The Government would be a strong, wide government, including almost 80 MK’s from Likud, Hosen L’Yisrael, Yamina, Labor, Shas and Yahadut Hatorah.
This government would leave Yesh Atid, Telem, Yisrael Beytenu, Meretz and the Arab Joint List in the opposition.