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Confirming nixed Gantz deal, Levy-Abekasis announces independent Knesset run

Orly Levy-Abekasis says the merger negotiations with Israel Resilience party were unsuccessful, and that her Gesher party will be running independently in the upcoming elections.

In a statement, Levy-Abekasis slams Israel Resilience leader Benny Gantz, saying it is “disappointing that the person promoting clean politics failed his first test — the test of credibility.”

MK Orly Levy Abekasis speaks during an campaign event in Tel Aviv for her Gesher party on February 5, 2019. (Flash90)

According to reports, Gantz and Yesh Atid party leader Yair Lapid are close to striking a deal to run on a joint ticket in the April elections.

Recent polls have put Gesher hovering around the electoral threshold, raising the possibility it could fail to enter the Knesset.

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