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Edelstein: Poll shows I can form government, Netanyahu cannot

Then-health minister Yuli Edelstein seen during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Then-health minister Yuli Edelstein seen during a press conference at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem, on April 20, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

In a tweet, Likud’s Yuli Edelstein says a Channel 12 poll that aired tonight shows that he could potentially form a right-wing government “by tomorrow morning,” while party leader Benjamin Netanyahu cannot.

“It’s either Lapid or me,” he says, referring to the Yesh Atid leader who is set to become prime minister in 2023 as part of a rotation deal with Naftali Bennett.

Edelstein, who announced on Monday that he would challenge Netanyahu for the party leadership, glosses over the figures in the poll indicating Likud voters would overwhelmingly support Netanyahu over him in Likud primaries.

The survey also suggested Likud would win 20 seats under his leadership and 34 under Netanyahu, though the former Knesset speaker would be better positioned to cobble together a coalition.

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