As election nears, Labor Party says minister who served more than 20 years as Likud lawmaker must have realized her party is a 'sinking ship.'
Likud insiders say that the party leadership race is going to be uglier and more difficult than Netanyahu expected.
'Today Likudniks understand that anyone can garner the seats that Netanyahu does,' one party activist quips.
Hatnuah leader Livni would get second slot in new centrist bloc; Labor's Herzog is also in talks with security experts, including ex-Shin Bet chief Yuval Diskin.
One motivation for changing the date is to pressure ex-Interior Minister Gideon Sa'ar, who may challenge Netanyahu for the party's top spot, Likud figures say.
The departing Yesh Atid minister also said he believes former Finance Minister Yair Lapid is ready to be prime minister.
Hatnuah chairwoman says her party will run on a joint ticket; 'When there's hope that Netanyahu can be replaced, he will be,' she tells Channel 2.
MK Ayelet Shaked says her party wants to alter the composition of judges and ensure greater balance.
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Labor doesn’t want to be tainted as left-wing, Meretz thinks it can do better on its own.