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Reports: Blue and White, New Hope to run together in next election

Left: Defense Minister Benny Gantz, on July 14, 2021; Right: Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar, on March 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90; Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Left: Defense Minister Benny Gantz, on July 14, 2021; Right: Justice Minister Gideon Sa'ar, on March 7, 2021. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90; Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Benny Gantz’s Blue and White party and Gideon Sa’ar’s New Hope party are in advanced negotiations to run as a joint slate in the upcoming election, according to several Hebrew media reports.

Members of the two parties are reportedly meeting at the moment to agree on the terms of a joint run ahead of the November 1 election. According to the reports, Gantz would sit at the head of the list, Sa’ar would be in second place, and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel would not be a part of the slate.

In the current Knesset, Blue and White has 8 seats and New Hope 6. In recent polls, which are not necessarily reliable, Sa’ar’s party has been seen as teetering on the edge of the electoral threshold.

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