JERUSALEM — A senior member of Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Blue and White celebration resigned Tuesday, pushing the once-formidable movement further toward meltdown before March elections.
The Knesset, Israel’s parliament, dissolved a week after the authorities failed to pass federal funding for 2020 amid bitter coalition disputes involving its two chief partners, both the Likud and Blue and White. Israel now heads into its fourth nationwide election because in March 2019 while facing a runaway coronavirus epidemic, a catastrophic financial crisis, and also a prime minister on trial for corruption.
Avi Nissenkorn, a former labor union leader who served as Israel’s justice ministry in Gantz’s celebration, said that he was busting out to join a new party with Tel Aviv Mayor Ron Huldai.
Huldai, a popular figure with Israel’s secular left-wing, was likely to announce that the launching of his newest party after Tuesday.
“We can bring decent news to countless thousands of Israelis who believe they don’t possess a political house — and we’ll do so with actions rather than words,” Nissenkorn explained.
Blue and White, which fought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s Likud party to a draw in three successive elections, is currently disintegrating after several crucial party members have broken.
Blue and White stated Gantz requested Nissenkorn to tender his resignation as justice minister after he had”picked his political home.”
Blue and White held 17 seats in the 120-seat Knesset but is currently polling in the single digits at the run-up into the March 23 election.