Member of Knesset Michael Ben-Ari said, Thursday evening, that he was leaving the National Union party and running with Knesset member Aryeh Eldad, whose Hatikva party has been part of the National Union. Interviewed on the midnight newscast of Radio Kol Chai, Dr. Ben-Ari said, "There's a program to run together and unite with anyone who is aligned with the ideology of the complete land [of Israel]." He adde, "You must understand that my running separately adds power to publics that have never had it."
Calling himself a religious Zionist, he said he thought that the time had passed for religious Zionism as a political sector. Referring to the National Union, he said, "Wherever I go, I bring 40,000 to 50,000 votes, so they need me inside. They want me as a 'tail' so they're throwing me to the eight or ninth spot [on the Knesset list]?"