Israeli Far-Right Moving Toward Unity?


The Israeli far-right may be moving toward a deal to run together in the upcoming elections in September.

According to the Times of Israel, the religious-right Jewish Home party and former education minister Naftali Bennett's New Right party are discussing a potential merger, though the proposed united list is reserving the right to split after the elections.

Bennett was previously the leader of Jewish Home, but broke off to form the New Right in the April elections. The party failed to gain enough votes to qualify for entrance to the Knesset.

There is also the possibility that the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit party, which united with Jewish Home in the April elections, will also join the united list.

The New Right called the report "fake news" and said,

Bennett is running with full force in the New Right. He believes in the party’s values of cooperation between religious and secular and inclusive Judaism. Bennett doesn’t rule out a technical bloc, but there too there are moral lines he won’t cross. Anyway, it is very early to be talking about this since the slates will only be presented in two months.

The report indicates that Bennett would be chairman of any unified party.

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