Huldai, Gantz set for primetime election announcements this evening

Israel faces a series of high-profile political announcements this evening as the upcoming Knesset election campaign takes shape.

Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai will hold a press conference around 8 p.m. to announce his new party, expected to be center-left, which received a big boost today when Justice Minister Avi Nissernkorn joined it.

Around the same time, Defense Minister Benny Gantz will hold a press conference likely announcing that he is running once again as the leader of the centrist Blue and White party, even as his party crashes in opinion polls and many of his party members jump ship.

Gantz’s No. 2, Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi, could also reportedly declare tonight that he is leaving Blue and White and the political arena. That could also happen tomorrow.