Many analysts now believe Meir Sheetrit will win the race.
A former Likud MK, he moved to the center over the years, first with Kadima and now with Hatnua, and supports Palestinian statehood.
He was Israel’s youngest mayor, of Ramle, and at 65 is a veteran Knesset member. He’s of Sephardi origin, born in Morocco. His success thus far would seem to suggest that Binyamin Ben-Eliezer would have done well in this race.
Sheetrit, as the vote is proving, is personally well-liked by fellow MKs.