First woman ever to head a religious party * Smotrich invited her to discuss having their parties run together in the elections.
Yamina set to split on Tuesday
National Union leader Bezalel Smotrich called upon Bayit Yehudi to merge with his party before it elects a new leader.
Jerusalem Affairs and Heritage Minister Rafi Peretz sent a letter to the party’s current members informing them of a “big membership drive of religious Zionists."
A meeting has been called by Bayit Yehudi MK Moti Yogev and former MK and deputy defense minister Eli Ben-Dahan for party members to discuss ways to “renew and rehabilitate” Bayit Yehudi.
Making order of the political chaos in the religious-Zionist sector.
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.
Bayit Yehudi is searching for new electoral firepower to excite its base and appease party members.
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?"
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