Prime Minister Yair Lapid offered Labor leader Merav Michaeli a series of incentives to join her party with Meretz ahead of the upcoming election, but she rejected the offer.
A spokesman for Lapid confirms the report that was initially published by Channel 13 news. According to that report, Lapid offered for Labor to get a reserved spot on the Yesh Atid list for one of its candidates, as well as ministerial positions in any future government he forms.
Lapid is seeking for the parties to join forces since they are both skirting on the edge of the electoral threshold, and if one or both fall below, then those votes will go to waste. Michaeli turned down the offer, citing past unions between the two parties.
“A union between the parties was tried in the past and was a total failure,” Labor says in a statement. “Until now we haven’t seen any polls that show that a union will strengthen the [center-left] camp.”
Michaeli believes that a union between the two parties will result in ultimately fewer seats for a combined list than if they run separately — something seen the last time the factions ran together.