Labor Leader: ‘Willing to Back Right-Wing Candidate’ to Oust Netanyahu

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A man casts his vote at a Labor Party polling station in Tel Aviv on January 24. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Labor leader Meirav Michaeli is trying to rally every last vote she can muster for her party. She said that she would back any candidate capable of ousting Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

In an interview with Channel 12 News, Michaeli refused to commit to recommending Yair Lapid for the premiership.

She also refused to rule out sitting in a government with the chareidi parties, saying Labor would not shun any communities.

Michaeli said that one of her party’s top priorities was resolving the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which, she said, was primarily in Israel’s best interests, and vowed to do everything possible to make Netanyahu leave the office.

While her election to the role of party leader appears to have bolstered the party’s political standing, Labor is still projected to secure at best five or four seats in the upcoming election, assuming it makes it past the electoral threshold.

However, given how narrow the contest between the pro- and anti-Netanyahu blocs appears to be in the upcoming elections, even a low number of mandates could prove vital in the quest for cobbling a coalition with 61 seats.