Lapid: Not worried about Labor, Meretz failing to cross election threshold

Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks at the Movement for the Quality of Government conference in Tel Aviv, October 25, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)
Prime Minister Yair Lapid speaks at the Movement for the Quality of Government conference in Tel Aviv, October 25, 2022. (Avshalom Sassoni/Flash90)

Prime Minister Yair Lapid responds to criticism that his Yesh Atid party is growing at the expense of left-wing parties Labor and Meretz which could possibly cause them to fail to cross the election threshold.

In an interview with Channel 12, Lapid says it’s natural that the public wants to support a major party. However, he says that he doesn’t believe his coalition partners will fail to make it.

“We are monitoring the polls all the time,” he says, noting that all recent polls have shown Labor and Mertz making it through.

If one of them fails to make it, it would likley mean that his rival Benjamin Netanyahu would be able to form a government.

Lapid is asked why he did not force Labor and Meretz to unite in the same way that Netanyahu united smaller parties to the far right.

Lapid says the public doesn’t want him to act like Netanyahu.

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