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Ex-Yisrael Beytenu MK resigns from Knesset, says he’s open to merging his new party with others

Eli Avidar speaks at a press conference at the Knesset, February 22, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Eli Avidar speaks at a press conference at the Knesset, February 22, 2022. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Erstwhile Yisrael Beytenu MK Eli Avidar resigns from the Knesset as he gears up to run as the head of his new Free and Democratic Israel party in the upcoming elections.

At a press conference, Avidar doesn’t rule out running on a joint slate with other factions opposed to former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but vows “we’ll continue until the end” if a merger doesn’t pan out.

He is asked specifically if he intends to link up with the left-wing Meretz party.

“We opened the door but it doesn’t only have to be Meretz,” he is quoted as saying by the Walla news site.

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