Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel, who has run in the past with both Blue and White and New Hope, was left off the joint electoral slate announced today between the two parties.
Hendel is said instead to be in talks with new Yamina leader Ayelet Shaked to potentially join forces, according to the Kan public broadcaster.
Hendel originally joined politics with the Telem party of Moshe Ya’alon, which later joined with Blue and White — and then united with Yesh Atid. Two years later, Hendel joined up with New Hope.
In a Facebook post earlier today, Hendel says he has no regrets over his time in office and believes he stood by his principles. “I will work hard to ensure that votes for the statesman-like right-wing will have a respectable representation in the next Knesset,” he writes. “I promise to update you soon.”