Today, Labor Party leader Isaac Herzog and Hatnua Party leader Tzipi Livni announced that they have formed an alliance for Israel’s election in March in an effort to oust Benjamin Netanyahu from power. Early elections came about as a result of Netanyahu firing Livni and Yair Lapid from his cabinet for insubordination.
Under the terms of the agreement, should the Labor-Hatnua alliance form a government, Herzog would serve as Prime Minister for two years following by Livni for two years. This is similar to the arrangement that took place between Shimon Peres and Yitzhak Shamir, but that was agreed upon only after the 1984 election when, with the results too close to call, the Labor and Likud parties decided to form a national unity government.
While this Labor-Hatnua alliance (along with Kadima) would probably win more seats than Likud, it could only form a government if one or more of the conservative or religious parties were to join such as the Jewish Home Party led by Naftali Bennett, Avigdor Lieberman’s Yisrael Beiteinu or the new party established by former Likud minister Moshe Kahlon. I don’t see this happening. At this point, I still believe Benjamin Netanyahu will be Israel’s Prime Minister after March 17th.