Gantz’s Party Campaign Ad Claims Only He Can Form a Government

By Yisrael Price

YERUSHALAYIM — Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s National Unity party claimed on Wednesday to be Israel’s only hope for forming a new government after the November 1 elections.

The party, an alliance between Gantz’s Blue and White and Justice Minister Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope, maintains in a new campaign ad that neither Opposition Leader Binyamin Netanyahu nor Prime Minister Yair Lapid will be able to organize a majority of 61 seats in the Knesset.

National Unity, though, says it can form a coalition of 71 with Meretz, Labor, Yisrael Beytenu, Yesh Atid, Ra’am, Shas and United Torah Judaism.

The prospective partnership glossed over Yisrael Beytenu leader Avigdor Liberman’s insistence that he will not sit with the chareidi parties, and the unlikelihood that the latter would sit with either him or Lapid, who have both made their careers on attacking the Torah community.

The National Unity calculation was reportedly based on a Channel 12 news poll.

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