Two lists identified with Jewish national-religious ideology, both located to the right of Likud and with roots in the settler movement, announced today that they will stand together in the next parliamentary elections in November, to avert the danger of a loss of votes. The deal came after their respective leaders – Bezalel Smotrich (‘Religious Zionism’) and Itamar Ben-Gvir (‘Otzmà Yehudit’, Possia ‘Jewish Power’) met today in the private residence of Likud leader Benyamin Netanyahu. .
“Cohesion is the imperative of the moment”, commented the former Israeli prime minister. “We must guarantee the victory of the nationalist forces and the establishment of a stable government for the next four years”.
A poll published today by Maariv assigned eight deputies (out of 120 in the Knesset) to Ben-Gvir’s party and four to Smotrich’s party. According to some analysts, presenting himself alone would risk not exceeding the threshold of entry into parliament, which is precisely four deputies. Also from here, according to analysts, Netanyahu’s decision to intervene personally and to work towards an agreement between Smotrich and Ben-Gvir.
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