Bennett signs unity deal with National Union

By GIL STERN STERN HOFFMAN
September 11, 2012 14:44

 
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Habayit Hayehudi leadership candidate Naftali Bennett signed a document Monday night vowing to run together with the National Union in the next general election if he wins the Habayit Hayehudi contest on November 6.

According to the deal, candidates of the two parties will alternate on the joint list. The head of one of the parties will head the list and the other will receive the faction's top portfolio if it joins the next government.

Bennett signed the deal after he came under pressure from Habayit Hayehudi activists two weeks ago when The Jerusalem Post published an exclusive story that Bennett had told sources in the party that should he win, he would get rid of three-fourths of the National Union, including National Union leader Ya'acov Katz

Following the report's publication, Bennett tried for several days to reach Katz, who refused to take his calls. Former IDF chief rabbi Avi Rontzki, a political ally of Bennett, and Safed chief rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, who is close to Katz, arranged a meeting between the two politicians Monday afternoon.

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