Newspaper: Blue and White Can’t Agree on Party Spokesperson

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Leaders of the Blue and White party, Moshe Ya’alon, Gabi Ashkenazi, Benny Gantz and Yair Lapid. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The elections are over, but little has been heard from the Blue and White Party since they took place over three weeks ago – and the reason, a report in Yisrael Hayom said, is because the top members of the party are unable to agree on whom the party spokesperson should be. According to the report, a fierce debate has broken out among the leaders of the party’s components – Moshe Yaalon of Telem, Benny Gantz of Resilience, and Yair Lapid of Yesh Atid – with each pushing for a spokesperson from their faction. Also involved in the debate are the party’s number four and five, Gabi Ashkenazi and Avi Nissenkorn, the report said.

“It’s been three weeks and we still don’t have a spokesperson, and the reason is that the leaders are avoiding a decision,” the newspaper quoted a senior party official as saying. “There are other debates going on as to who will take on which central task in the party, with everyone jockeying to get ‘their’ people in the top spots. It’s obvious to everyone that we have too many chiefs, and none of them are interested in doing a favor for the other, as they see each other as rivals.”

Another official was quoted as saying that “when you have four leaders you get ridiculous situations like this. We need a strong spokesperson who will be able to express the views of a party of 35 MKs. Even during the elections we did not have a proper spokesperson, and the campaign was more or less run by PR firms and strategic advisers. Now we have a mess.”

The report said that the party’s top brass was considering two possible solutions – either hiring a spokesperson from outside the party that will be acceptable to everyone, or to set up a “spokesperson’s committee” that will reflect the views of each of the top five members of the party in turn or according to the issue.

Yisrael Hayom sought a comment from Blue and White, but said that the request was transferred between the spokespeople of the party leaders – ending up finally with Nissenkorn, who is chairperson of the party’s Knesset faction. “Most of the top posts in the party have already been filled, and we will complete this work in the coming days,” he wrote. “Blue and White is a single unit, it is a waste of time to look for splits and holes in our unity that are not there.”