Former Health Ministry director general Eitan Hai-Am announced Saturday that he has no future in Yair Lapid’s fledgling Yesh Atid party, after discovering that he had fallen out of the party’s top 10 slots.
Hai-Am was slated in twelfth place on the party’s list, which according to polls is expected to garner between 13-15 Knesset seats.
Hai-Am is the first leading figure to leave the new party, which will be running for the Knesset for the first time in the January 22 elections under the leadership of former news anchor Lapid.
“My friends, after consulting with my family and talking to Yair Lapid, I have decided that for the time being I am not interested in dedicating all my time to politics,” wrote Hai-Am on his Facebook page.
Maariv reported Sunday that former Jerusalem district police commander Mickey Levy, who is currently in eleventh place on the list, is also considering leaving the party.