National Union MK Yaakov Katz 311.
(photo credit: Courtesy)
Arguments about the National Union list for the next Knesset intensified on
Monday, with Tekuma party members threatening to establish the list
independently if the faction’s other MKs do not agree to their
In a letter to National Union MKs Michael Ben-Ari and Arye
Eldad, party chairman Ya’acov Katz and MK Uri Ariel wrote that following ongoing
discussions on the faction’s list for the 19th Knesset, they have compiled a
list of how the candidates of parties within the National Union will be
arranged. Katz and Ariel gave the other two MKs a deadline of March 14, before
they will see themselves as able to “conduct themselves independently.”
Tekuma source explained that this does not mean his party intends to split the
faction up and run independently.
Rather, as the faction’s chairman is
from Tekuma, he will choose the order of candidates without input from the
National Union’s other parties.
Eldad and Ben-Ari’s offices, however, say
that they did not receive any letters, hinting that Katz and Ariel prefer to
negotiate through the media and not directly. In fact, a National Union source
pointed out that the two Tekuma MKs left the building immediately after the
ultimatum was publicized.
The two MKs would not comment on the letter, as
they did not receive it from Ariel and Katz.
The National Union’s list
for the next Knesset will be comprised of three parties: Tekuma, which includes
Katz and Ariel; Hatikva, which is led by Eldad; and Our Land of Israel, led by
The party plans to run in a joint list with Habayit Hayehudi in
the next Knesset, which will alternate between the two factions’ candidates.
However, an official agreement cannot be signed until the National Union
resolves its current disagreement.
The conflict in the National Union is
about the order of its various parties’ candidates within the list. In a
possible eight-member list for the next Knesset, Tekuma would have four
In addition, the Tekuma source reiterated the party’s
opposition to holding a primary, saying that the method is corrupting. The other
two parties favor it, as a way to attempt to increase their representation in