Smotrich, Ben-Gvir close to merger agreement


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Smotrich, Ben-Gvir close to merger agreement
The party offered spots two, five, seven, nine and ten, on the condition that number seven is approved by Smotrich, and deemed the offer "generous".
Published: AUGUST 2, 2022

Religious Zionist Party chairman Bezalel Smotrich and Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben-Gvir are close to signing a deal to merge their two parties after achieving a breakthrough in negotiations, the sides said on Monday evening. “In recent days we have held intense negotiations initiated by Religious Zionist chair Bezalel Smotrich, which included a number of meetings between Smotrich and Ben-Gvir in order to arrive quickly at an agreement to run together,” the Religious Zionist Party said in a statement after the offer was revealed on Channel 12. “During the talks, Smotrich offered Ben-Gvir a far-reaching proposal for five spots in the top 10 [on the party list], and to Ben-Gvir’s request for joint leadership" of the party.