Far-right Israeli parliamentarians Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir announced on Friday that their respective Religious Zionism-Zamkuwire
Far-right Israeli parliamentarians Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben-Gvir announced on Friday that their respective Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit factions will run on a joint ticket in the November election.
The merger between the two firebrands was brokered by Benjamin Netanyahu, the leader of the opposition and former prime minister.
According to the terms of the merger agreement, Smotrich will head the faction, with Ben-Gvir as his deputy.
A poll published earlier this week showed that Ben Gvir’s party is expected to become one of Israel’s major political forces, with or without Smotrich.
A united ticket, however, all but guarantees that both lawmakers will back Netanyahu for premiership.
Smotrich took to Twitter to make the announcement: “I am happy to inform you that together with my friend Itamar Ben-Gvir we have reached an agreement on a joint run in the elections, for the sake of victory of the right-wing bloc with the help of God.”