Smotrich will lead renewed merger with Ben-Gvir, MK says

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Smotrich will lead renewed merger with Ben-Gvir, MK says
The far-right party officially split into two on Sunday after Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit faction broke away from Bezalel Smotrich’s Ichud Leumi.
By ELIAV BREUER
Published: JULY 5, 2022

MK Itamar Ben-Gvir will back MK Bezalel Smotrich as leader of the Religious Zionist Party if they decide to merge for the upcoming election, their party colleague MK Michal Waldiger told The Jerusalem Post Tuesday. The far-right party officially split into two on Sunday after Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit faction broke away from Smotrich’s National Union faction.

Ben-Gvir’s move was described as purely technical to give him a seat on the Elections Committee. The committee is responsible for overseeing the election preparations and processes and deciding any disputes. Each party has a representative on the committee, and the Religious Zionist Party now effectively has two.

However, Ben-Gvir grew in popularity over the past year, and he may attempt to renegotiate the terms of a new merger with Smotrich. On the one hand, Ben-Gvir’s popularity could give the party a boost. On the other hand, his prominence could serve as fuel in the center-left parties’ campaigns and galvanize their voters to stop him from becoming a minister in the next government.

more.......... https://www.jpost.com/israel-news/politics-and-diplomacy/article-711288
 
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