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Former IDF chief Eisenkot said set to enter politics, possibly joining Yesh Atid

Former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot speaks during a conference at the Reichman University in Herzliya, May 17, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Former IDF chief of staff Gadi Eisenkot speaks during a conference at the Reichman University in Herzliya, May 17, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Former IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eisenkot intends to enter politics and run in the next elections, Channel 13 news reports.

The report says Eisenkot has told associates that he will make a public announcement after the current Knesset dissolves and elections are called.

He hasn’t decided what party to join, but the most serious talks are with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid’s center-left Yesh Atid. The report says many parties are interested in Eisenkot, since he allegedly has the power to bring voters both from the left and from the right.

The report adds that Eisenkot may initially form a new party, but this will only be with the goal of merging with an existing party to bring more candidates into the merged party. It says Eisenkot isn’t aiming to head the merged party.

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