bayit yehudi

Negotiations between Smotrich and Peretz fall apart

Merger negotiations between The National Union and Bayit Yehudi have broken down, as both parties seek ways to clear the electoral threshold and not lose votes for the Right.

Shimon Riklin
Religious journalist offered number two spot on Bayit Yehudi list, refuses

Bayit Yehudi is searching for new electoral firepower to excite its base and appease party members.

LGBTQ youth protest against far right Noam party at Mahane Yehuda market in Jerusalem
Israelis shocked by Rafi Peretz's latest homophobic comments

Itamar Ben Gvir, the head of the Otzma Yehudit party, expressed shock at the uproar, telling 103FM that he “doesn’t understand the assault on Rafi Peretz. What, have we turned into Iran?"

Education Minister Rafi Peretz speaks at The Jerusalem Post-Maariv Group Conference, December 25, 20
Rafi Peretz: I'm not prepared to compromise on our Jewish identity

Peretz also rejected accusations that his recent unity deal with the far-right Otzma Yehudi party, was designed to preserve his leadership of the religious-Zionist political camp

Bayit Yehudi in ‘existential crisis’ as Peretz pressured to allow primary

These demands have come from Bayit Yehudi deputy mayors, municipal council members and local party branch chiefs who have denounced what they describe as an assault on the party’s institutions.

MK Rafi Peretz, 2019.
Bayit Yehudi leaders rebuke Rafi Peretz over union with far-right Otzma

Bayit Yehudi officials said that party leader Rafi Peretz was “continuing to conduct political tricks without people of his party.”

Rafi Peretz and Itamar Ben Gvir.
Religious Zionist Bayit Yehudi and far-right Otzma Yehudit to run together

The leaders of the two groups revealed the decision in a joint statement, inviting National Union leader and Transportation Minister Bezalel Smotrich to join the list.

Bayit Yehudi and National Union in merger discussions

Former Bayit Yehudi leaders Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked tried in vain to make the party more socially liberal and less beholden to the religious-Zionist rabbis.

MK Rafi Peretz at a ceremony at the education ministry
Peretz undeterred by criticism, increases amount of religion studies

New Education Minister not impressed with claims of religious brainwashing, adds thousands of hours of Jewish culture and religious studies to curriculum.

Israel Democratic Party Ehud Barak, MK Stav Shaffir and Meretz Nitzan Horowitz of Democratic Camp
Democratic Union vows not to join Netanyahu gov't

Union sets out its stall ahead of the election to topple Netanyahu at all costs, and positions itself as a bloc which will never entertain joining a coalition which Netanyahu heads.

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