Top centrist Netanyahu rivals unite for Israeli election run

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israel’s primary centrist challengers to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced yesterday they were joining forces ahead of April elections — a dramatic move that shook up the country’s political system and created the first credible alternative to Netanyahu’s decade-long rule.

Retired Military Chief Benny Gantz and Head of the Yesh Atid party Yair Lapid said they would present a joint list for the upcoming vote that “will constitute the new Israeli ruling party”.