Labor Drops Meretz for Surplus-vote Deal With Lapid

Decision to break with Meretz and sign with Lapid was meant not only to 'centralize Labor,' but also to tag Tzipi Livni's Hatnuah party as leftist, sources say.

Shelly Yacimovich on Monday took another big step to position the Labor Party as a "centrist" party, signing a surplus-votes agreement with Yair Lapid's Yesh Atid party instead of with its traditional partner, the left-wing Meretz.