The Jerusalem Post's poll that indicated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu could be defeated by a new Center-Left mega-party put the Likud on the defensive over the weekend, releasing a statement calling such a scenario ridiculous.
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The poll found that a party led by former prime minister Ehud Olmert that would include former Kadima leader Tzipi Livni, current Kadima chairman Shaul Mofaz and Yesh Atid leader Yair Lapid would win 31 seats and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s Likud 27.
“The only thing those people have in common is hatred of Netanyahu, and it is very unlikely that their hatred would be enough to bring them together,” said MK Ophir Akunis in his role as head of the Likud response team. “It's a fantasy of failed politicians like convicted sex offender Haim Ramon, who is working on a dirty political deal that will not succeed.”
Akunis said that if Olmert, who received a one-year suspended sentence for breach of trust last month, ran for prime minister, it would be internationally unprecedented and stain Israel. He said he expected Lapid to keep his promise to not run with Olmert.