Lapid Reiterates Hadash-Ta’al Will Not Sit in His Coalition

Prime Minister Yair Lapid reiterates that the Hadash-Ta’al joint list lead by MK Ayman Odeh will not be part of any future coalition he could establish after the elections. In an interview with Channel 12, Lapid condemns Hadash MK Aida Touma-Sliman for referring to five murdered members of a Palestinian armed group as “martyrs” and asserting that their “resistance was a response to “the occupation.”

MK Ayman Odeh during an interview in Channel 12 news political show (Footage: Channel 12)

Lapid says this is another example of why Hadash-Ta’al, two of the three parties that currently make up the Joint List, will not be in any future government of his.

Lapid declines to bran the party “supporters of terror” and also refuses to rule out getting outside support from the party to set up a government.

However, with four days left, no clear coalition can be created following Tuesday’s election, according to a final poll carried out by Panels Politics on behalf of Maariv. As in a similar poll last Friday, the Netanyahu bloc received 60 seats, the Lapid bloc received 56 seats and Hadash-Ta’al received the remaining four, the survey found. The poll showed Hadash-Ta’al. Meretz, Labor, and Islamist Ra’am passing the electoral threshold of 3.25% of the general vote.

The full results were Likud 31, Yesh Atid 25, Religious Zionist Party 14, National Unity 12, Shas nine, United Torah Judaism six, Yisrael Beytenu six, Meretz five, and Hadash-Ta’al, Labor and Ra’am at four each. Far-right Habayit Hayehudi led by Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked once again failed to pass the threshold with just 2.1%. Arab Balad party won only 1.8% of the general vote.