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Ex-defense chief Ya’alon breaks off alliance with Lapid’s Yesh Atid

MKs Yair Lapid (L) and Moshe Ya'alon attend a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on December 2, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)
MKs Yair Lapid (L) and Moshe Ya'alon attend a faction meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, on December 2, 2019. (Hadas Parush/Flash90)

Telem party chief Moshe Ya’alon has decided to part ways with Opposition Leader Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid and is expected to announce he’ll run alone in the upcoming elections, according to Hebrew media reports.

There is no immediate confirmation from Ya’alon, a former defense minister and IDF chief of staff, but Lapid confirms the split.

“I really admire and respect Ya’alon and wish him luck down the road,” the Yesh Atid chief tweets.

Ya’alon teamed up with Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Israel Resilience party in 2019, with the two latter linking up with Lapid to form the centrist Blue and White alliance. The party ran in three straight elections, challenging Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Likud, but split over Gantz’s decision to join a government led by Netanyahu after the March 2020 vote.

The move comes amid a flurry of political activity before the March 23 vote, with new parties being formed, others splitting and some lawmakers switching between factions.

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