First real threat to Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud: Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid agree to join their Hossen Le’Yisrael and Future parties for the election run, joined by Gabi Ashkenazi. another former IDF Chief of Staff. Ganz and Lapid agree to rotate the leadership between them. The first four spots of list submitted for registration just in time for the Feb. 21 deadline are: Gantz, Lapid, Moshe Ya’alon and Gabi Ashkenazi. The first two agree to rotate the premiership between them – Gantz in the first two and-a-half years; Lapid in the next year and-a-half.
A joint statement said: “Motivated by national responsibility, Benny Gantz, Yair Lapid, and Bogie Ya’alon have decided to establish a joint list that will constitute the new Israeli ruling party. “The new ruling party will bring forth a cadre of security and social leaders to ensure Israel’s security and to reconnect its people and heal the divide within Israeli society.” The creation of this new political entity whose leadership is dominated by three former chiefs of staff is a national earthquake. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has the rest of the day to produce a competitive list of candidates ahead of the tough campaign ahead of him for re-election on April 9.