Netanyahu is still the favorite leader for the national camp
And I can assure all the people in Israel who feel that Netanyahu should remain in position are quite right. It wasn't his fault that the Likud lost, but, as discovered by Makor Rishon in example, Shalom's fault, as he did not make any serious attempts to campaign in areas like Ashkelon, which were his assignment. It was also the fault of the irresponsible hatemongering the National Union was conducting, for which they owe an apology as well.
Netanyahu is most definately not at fault.
Caroline Glick also says in her latest column:
The Nationalist camp needs a strong and unified leadership to preserve and widen its support base. Such leadership can only emerge if the Likud and National Union-NRP Knesset factions merge. To his great credit, MK Effi Eitam from the National Union recognizes this imperative and since Tuesday night has been working quietly and skillfully to bring about the merger. Likud leader Binyamin Netanyahu should immediately accept Eitam's offer. Doing so will both neutralize attempts by his Likud rivals to unseat him and ensure that Likud remains the leader of the Nationalist camp despite its electoral defeat.Well, I should hope that Eitam too is apologizing to Netanyahy for the incitement he'd been stoking against the Likud leader. He did this as early as January, when here, he could've avoided doing it, and that too led to the damage done to the national camp. If Eitam is smart, he'll refrain from it for the rest of his political career entirely.
I have no idea if merging the National Union with Likud is the most ideal option, but, it could certainly help to bring the NU to heel and make sure that they learn their lesson, that's for sure.