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      Bennett to Herzog: I Expect Us To Work Together

      Jewish Home leader congratulates Herzog on Labor party primary win, emphasizes need for inter-party unity amidst calls for coalition change.
      By Tova Dvorin
      First Publish: 11/22/2013, 11:19 AM

      Bennett, Herzog before national elections (Illustrative)
      Bennett, Herzog before national elections (Illustrative)
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      Jewish Home (Bayit Yehudi) leader Naftali Bennett spoke Friday morning with new Labor party chairman Yitzchak Herzog in a congratulatory call, urging him to keep Jewsh Home-Labor relations in good stead in the upcoming days. 

      "We have known days of cooperation between us [Jewish Home] and the historic Labor party, and I hope that we can find many different ways to work together to advance the Jewish nation now, too," he stated. 

      The call comes amidst cries from HaTnua leader Tzipi Livni to change the coalition and oust "extremists" like Likud and Jewish Home, statements which were reiterated by former Labor party head Shelly Yechimovich earlier Friday. 

      Other party leaders have also been jumping at the opportunity to forge new alliances. Shas MK Eli Yishai has also contacted Herzog Friday, urging him to continue being part of the Opposition with Shas instead of joining the coalition. "Labor and Shas should continue to work together to provide a governmental alternative to the current situation, to provide a better future for the Jewish people and to maintain unity," he declared. 

      MK Binyamin (Fuad) Ben-Eliezer (Labor) has also spoken with Herzog and wished him success, urging him to change the current government. "Under Herzog's leadership the Labor party should return to its natural place, leading the country or leading the Opposition, and appealing to people from many different backgrounds," he stated.