Livni: Hatnuah Will Join a Center-left Bloc to Beat Netanyahu

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.

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Hatnuah party will join other parties in the coming elections to form a center-left bloc, Hatnuah Chairwoman Tzipi Livni told the Israeli Chanel 2.

"There will be a joint ticket," Livni said on the channel's Meet the Press program, to be aired on Saturday.

According to Livni, "the test ought to be what will bring more votes to those who can beat Netanyahu." Livni added: "A joint list is essential, and will lead to better results than if each of us runs separately."

"When there's hope that Netanyahu can be replaced, he will be," Livni said.

On Thursday, sources in Meretz and Labor said the two parties would not form a joint Knesset list to form a center-left bloc in the upcoming elections. Labor officials are in talks for setting up a joint list with Yesh Atid, Hatnuah and Kadima, and according to assessments, the four parties will decide by next week whether to form an alliance for establishing a centrist bloc.

A major question that remains unanswered is which party will head the bloc and who will be its candidate for prime minister. Labor officials believe that if the left-wing Meretz runs alone, this will helpfully put Labor at the center in public opinion and blur its identity as a left-wing party, as the centrist bloc is established on the political map.