The newest recruits to Yair Lapid’s party are Herzliya Mayor Yael German, 65, a former Meretz member and school principal.
In addition, Dimona Mayor Meir Cohen, 57, was previously a member of the Yisrael Beitenu party and also a school principal.
Party leader Minister Rabbi Prof. Daniel Hershkowitz has agreed to step down and endorse the leadership bid of Zevulun Orlev.
Media spokesman for Minister Arial Atias, 26-year-old Asher Gold will be the party’s spokesman during the election campaign.
Galei Tzahal (Army Radio) reports that Yisrael Behar, who advised PM Netanyahu on elections polls will be a senior election strategist for Shas. The appointment has not yet been finalized.
After almost 10 years in Knesset, Kadima MK Ruchama Avraham announces she is leaving politics. She served in Likud prior to Kadima as well as serving as a cabinet minister and deputy cabinet minister.
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According to a Haaretz report, the former prime minister is unlikely to report to the political arena.
Aides to the former Kadima Party leader signal she will announce her decision regarding the upcoming election in the coming days. Mrs. Livni this morning met with President Peres, presumably to consult with him regarding her impending decision.
Announcing he is breaking away from Kadima to move to Likud.
The Meretz Tel Aviv Councilwoman is seeking a slot on the party’s Knesset lineup.
Former Haifa mayor and head of the Labor Party announces he is considering running on the Labor Party ticket in the election.
Likud Minister-without-Portfolio Dr. Binyamin Begin announces he is not stepping down and plans to run on party ticket in upcoming election despite speculation to the contrary. He stressed “Likud is a national liberal party, not nationalistic, and respects the rights of all people”.
The retired IDF major-general and chief of military intelligence is running for a slot on the Labor Party ticket.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)