After Meeting With Netanyahu: Smotrich, Ben-Gvir Agree To Joint Run

Illustrative. Smotrich and Ben-Gvir met with Netanyahu on Friday.

Opposition leader Binyamin Netanyahu on Friday summoned Religious Zionist chairman Betzalel Smotrich and Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir for a meeting in Caesarea.

The move followed an ominous poll showing that a separate run of the two parties could result in Religious Zionism failing to pass the threshold, which could lead to tens of thousands of right-wing votes being discarded.

Ben-Gvir had announced last week that his party will be running independently in the next election instead of merging with Smotrich’s Religious Zionism party.

Following the meeting, a joint statement by the two parties stated: “The Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit parties have reached an agreement regarding a joint run for the 25th Knesset. MKs Smotrich and Ben-Gvir welcomed the agreement that will facilitate the victory of the national camp and bring a stable national government to Israel.”

According to the agreement, Smotrich will head the list and each party will have five candidates in the ten slots.

A note in the ballot box will read “Religious Zionism led by Smotrich and Otzma Yehudit led by Ben-Gvir.”

(YWN Israel Desk – Jerusalem)


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