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Two right-wing parties in Israel allied in preparation for the general elections

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Two hardline Israeli parties announced their alliance on Tuesday in a joint list in the face of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the next general elections scheduled for the second of next March.

The “New Right” party said in a statement that its leader, Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, agreed to an alliance with the “National Unity” party led by the Minister of Communications, Askael Smotrich, to present a joint list.

“This union, which includes all the religious Zionist currents and the secular right, guarantees the formation of a strong right-wing government,” said former Justice Minister Elite Shaked in the statement.

Israel is preparing for a third general election in less than a year after both the Likud party and the Blue and White coalition failed to obtain a parliamentary majority with its allies that enabled them to form a government.

As competition between the country’s two main parties intensifies, smaller parties and alliances can play a decisive role after the upcoming elections.

On Monday, Naftali Bennett had ruled out the formation of the alliance.

Jewish Home leader Ravi Peretz refused to join his coalition.

Members of the Central Committee of the “Jewish Home” party voted Sunday evening in favor of the alliance with the controversial “Jewish Force” party, which is described as “racist.”

The Jewish Home party failed to reach a 3.25 percent discount in the general elections in September.

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