Dani Dayan Joins Jewish Home

Former Yesha Council leader pledges support for Bennett's party over Likud, indicates differences with Netanyahu over peace talks, Livni.

Hezki Baruch ,

בנט ודיין במסיבת העיתונאים, הבוקר
בנט ודיין במסיבת העיתונאים, הבוקר
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Former Yesha Council Chairman Dani Dayan has joined Jewish Home, Chairman Naftali Bennett announced Sunday, and will run in the party primaries ahead of the 20th Knesset. 

Dayan's decision is seen as a decisive move to the right, as he has previously expressed support for Likud and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu. 

Bennett welcomed the move at a press conference Sunday.

"I am glad [Dayan] has joined Jewish Home," Bennett stated, noting he first turned to Dayan at the Saban Forum in Washington last week. "He is a real fighter for the Land of Israel."

"My path with Dayan has had ups and downs but now that is all behind us," he added. "Now we will do everything for unity and for the Land of Israel." 

Bennett also took a rare shot at Likud, saying it was "natural" for Dayan - who has worked for years on behalf of Jews living in Judea and Samaria - to join a party "which has no room for a Palestinian state." 

"There is a difference between the Likud and Jewish Home," Bennett said, breaking a rumored pact between the two parties not to take shots at each other during the elections. "If Jewish Home is large enough we will not see this fiasco again with [former Justice Minister] Tzipi Livni managing negotiations with the Palestinians." 

The former head of the Yesha Council stressed that if the party manages to win the upcoming elections and gain a high number of seats, "Tzipi Livni will be busy [digging out of a] deep trash bag and will not be in a senior position."

"I hope that a nationalist government will be established and will be committed to the national camp," he added.