Israel's Tight Election Timetable Could Kill the Primaries

Five weeks of scrambling by candidates and parties lie ahead until the deadline for the party slates to be finalized ahead of the March election

Jonathan Lis
Jonathan Lis
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The Central Election Committee announced Sunday that the last date for submitting electoral slates for the upcoming election is February 4. The date, part of the strict election timetable, could upset the plans of parties that intend to run.

Over the next five weeks, all the candidates will have to jump into the water and consolidate their candidate lists: How, if at all, will Ron Huldai, Gadi Eisenkot and Avi Nissenkorn run for office? Will the Joint List break up or run as one bloc? Who will refugees from Kahol Lavan and Labor join forces with? Will Yamina run as one list or will MK Bezalel Smotrich lead the National Union separately? Will Moshe Ya’alon run together with Yair Lapid in this election? Will MK Ofer Shelah’s list run as a separate entity or will it become a partner in a new center-left list?