Bayit Yehudi party leader Naftali Bennett met on Tuesday morning 24 Kislev with Uri Ariel, who holds the number two slot in the lineup and heads the Tekuma faction. The two met for an hour but no agreement was reached. They told the media that negotiations will end by week’s end.
The two also met on Monday night in the hope of reaching agreement by which Tekuma will remain in Bayit Yehudi in the upcoming elections. Channel 2 political affairs correspondent Amit Segal reported via his Twitter account that Bennett made his final offer which entails giving Tekuma four slots in the first 20 of the party lineup including Ariel maintaining his position as number two in the party.
When the sides reached an impasse on Monday night they decided to meet again in the morning but once again, the meeting concluded without reaching agreement.
Two rabbonim affiliated with the Tekuma faction, HaGaon HaRav Dov Lior Shlita and HaGaon HaRav Elyakim Levanon Shlita are calling on Ariel to break away from Bayit Yehudi and following Yoni Chetboun’s example. Chetboun has announced he is breaking from Bayit Yehudi because of the lack of Daas Torah in the decision-making process, signaling he hopes to team up with former Shas leader Eli Yishai who launched his own party on Monday night.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)