Housing Minister Uri Ariel of the Bayit Yehudi party is calling on Otzma Yisrael and Yachad to unite to avoid risking both not meeting the minimum threshold to enter the 20th Knesset. Ariel feels if the votes of Dr. Michael Ben-Ari and Eli Yishai’s parties are wasted the right-wing will lose significant representation in Knesset.
Ariel told a conference of administrators in the Dead Sea that it appears likely that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be selected for the presidential mandate to form the next coalition government. He explained that he hopes Bayit Yehudi will be the nation’s third largest party but the others, Yishai and Ben-Ari, must unites to avoid the risk of wasting the votes.
Ariel stressed he believes there are no other alternatives and the right-wing must form the next coalition to protect the interests of the community at large. He rejected the attacks aimed at Bayit Yehudi, defending the party’s leaders and platform.
(YWN – Israel Desk, Jerusalem)