Science and Technology Minister Daniel Herschkowitz dropped out of the Habayit Hayehudi race on Monday night, backing MK Zevulun Orlev as party leader, a move that is likely to hurt third candidate Naftali Bennett.
The two said that, after three years of open animosity, they were inspired by Shas’ leading triumvirate and decided to run and Habayit Hayehudi together, inviting Bennett to join them.
Orlev and Herschkowitz said that, while the former will be the first person on the party’s list, should he win the November 6 primary, he will share all leadership responsibilities with the latter. As Herschkowitz has dropped out of the party primary entirely, those responsibilities could be either a ministerial position, should Habayit Hayehudi join the next coalition, or heading a government internal party affairs.
The Habayit Hayehudi candidates refused to describe the details of their agreement.