Former Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn announced on Sunday that he is taking a break from politics, putting in question the future of the Israelis Party, that he founded together with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
”The Center-Left camp needs mergers to survive, there are too many parties and candidates,” Nissenkorn said. ”One has to know when to step aside, and that is what I am doing.”
Nissenkorn turned down a slot near the top in Yesh Atid – his former home – and a chance to run for Labor leader but accepted the second slot in the Israelis Party behind Huldai.
But the party has floundered in the polls. A poll in Friday’s Yisrael Hayom newspaper gave the party only 0.6% of the vote, far below the 3.25% electoral threshold.
Labor leader Merav Michaeli told Channel 13 on Motzoei Shabbos that she would seek a merger with the Israelis Party after she won last week’s Labor primary.
But Michaeli insisted that she would lead the list. Huldai earlier insisted on heading the slate.
Nissenkorn’s departure could be an indication that Huldai will also quit the race and remain mayor of Tel Aviv.