Israeli party leaders Herzog and Livni form pact to challenge Netanyahu

Isaac Herzog (Labor) and Tzipi Livni (Hatnuah), both pictured, will unite their parties. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

( Israeli Labor party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnuah party leader Tzipi Livni have announced that they will unite their parties and run together in next March’s parliamentary elections. The two leaders said that if their alliance were victorious in the race to gain the most Knesset seats, they would rotate the prime minister position. 

“When we get the mandate from the president, I will be the prime minister for the first two years and Tzipi Livni will be prime minister for the following two years,” Herzog said, the Jerusalem Post reported.

“We’re uniting for the good of the country, for the better future of our children and grandchildren. We can only win together,” he said.

Polls indicate that a united Labor-Hatnuah list would garner 23 seats in the Knesset, ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party at 21. But Netanyahu could still remain prime minister by forming a coalition of other parties. 

Meanwhile, former Israeli communications minister Moshe Kahlon (previously of Likud) announced the name of his new centrist party, “Kulanu,” which means “all of us.” According to polls, Kahlon’s party would garner 10-13 seats and possibly play the role as a “kingmaker” in forming a governing coalition for the right or the left.

Posted on December 10, 2014 .