Nissenkorn said to claim Blue and White is seeking merger with Yamina

After Justice Minister Avi Nissenkorn announced his departure from the Blue and White party, a report quotes him as telling political officials that his decision stems in part from Benny Gantz considering a merge with the right-wing religious Yamina party.

The left-wing Nissenkorn says party leaders tried to discuss a Yamina merger with him, to form a center-right party, the Ynet news site reports.

Yamina denies it is holding any such negotiations with Blue and White.

“Nissenkorn is trying to explain his flip-flopping and we have nothing to do with it,” the party says.