The head of a protest group representing representing independent business owners, Abir Kara, will run as part of MK Naftali Bennett’s right-wing Yamina party in the upcoming elections, according to Hebrew media reports.
There is no immediate confirmation from Yamina that Kara is joining the party.
Kara leads the “I Am Shulman” group, which was formed in 2019 and has become a social media rallying point for the self-employed in Israel, who have long complained of unfair treatment by the government. Many of them have been particularly hard-hit by the pandemic.
Prime Minister Netanyahu implored members of the group to back his Likud party during a Zoom meeting last week, video of which was leaked to Israeli television. According to Channel 12, the meeting took place after Kara rejected Netanyahu’s offer to join Likud.