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The leaders of the National Union and Habayit Hayehudi parties want to build a joint list for the next election that will include former Shas leader Aryeh Deri and current MKs from several parties, officials from the two right-wing parties said on Wednesday.
In a story first reported by Zev Kam, political correspondent for the new Galei Israel radio station, Habayit Hayehudi leader Daniel Hershkowitz and National Union head Ya’acov Katz have already held contacts with lawmakers from every Zionist Knesset faction other than Labor and Meretz.
“We have held talks with MKs from the coalition and the opposition about joining this new alignment,” Hershkowitz told the radio station.
“The responses have been more positive than I expected. People were willing to seriously consider joining.”
Two MKs who reacted positively to the possibility of joining the new religious Zionist list were Kadima’s Otniel Schneller and Shas’s Haim Amsalem. Both legislators have feuded with their party heads and likely have no future with their current parties.
Other MKs who will be pursued by Hershkowitz and Katz include Diaspora
Affairs Minister Yuli Edelstein (Likud), Deputy Pensioners Affairs
Minister Leah Ness (Likud), Likud MKs Tzipi Hotovely and Tzion Pinyan, Shas faction chairman Avraham Michaeli and
Israel Beiteinu MK David Rotem
But the most interesting name on their wish list is Deri, who intends
to return to politics ahead of the next election but has not announced
whether he would come back to Shas or seek to form or join another
Deri could not be reached for comment.