Israeli media reported that the “Kahol Laffan” party, which in the last elections, only nine months ago, was the second largest party with 33 seats, then split and entered the government with 15 seats, is now completely disintegrating.
In the latest steps of the party’s collapse, the Knesset member, “Kahol Lavan”, told Ram Sheva, Defense Minister Benny Gantz, to resign and go to the new “Israelis” party, which was founded by Tel Aviv-Jaffa Mayor Ron Khaldaei. Hours later, Minister of Science and Technology Yizhar Shai also resigned. A significant number of Gantz’s party joined the party that has headed the Tel Aviv-Jaffa municipality for more than 20 years.
This resignation came shortly after Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, Gantz’s second-in-command, declared that he would not continue with the party, saying, “I will take a break and study my future steps.”
It will be the fourth time in less than two years that Gantz has sought to oust Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been in office for the longest term in Israel’s history.
The early elections called last week represented a chaotic dissolution of the political alliance between Gantz and Netanyahu, who faced in three previous inconclusive election rounds in April and September 2019 and March 2020, and according to polls, Gantz’s party will fall to eighth place, with five seats expected at best.