Netanyahu: A united right would save 6-8 seats

PM warns failure of religious Zionist parties to unite could lead to left-wing government following April elections.

Arutz Sheva Staff,

Netanyahu, tonight
Netanyahu, tonight

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu on Monday evening called on the Jewish Home, National Union, Otzma Yehudit,and Yachad parties to unite, saying that such a union could prevent the right from losing as many as seven seats in the upcoming Knesset elections.

"You must not lose those votes because at the end it is a matter of whether it will be a left-wing government or a right-wing government. The split on the right will inevitably lead to a loss in the elections. Therefore, I turn to you and therefore I hold phone calls and meetings with all the heads of these parties in order to unite and connect," Netanyahu said.

The prime minister stressed that "none of [these parties] passes the threshold threshold, a connection between them will bring at least 6-8 seats. Joining one of them with the Likud does not add seats according to our polls, and therefore it does not achieve the goal."

Earlier Monday evening, the rabbis of the religious Zionist movement gathered in Jerusalem today demanding that leaders of Jewish Home and National Union parties, Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Knesset Member Betzalel Smotrich announce unification of the parties ahead of the elections to the 21st Knesset.

"All of us, all the rabbis, we will all support and stand behind the united party," they promised at the end of the conference. "The way to implement this unity will be done by practical people who know how to implement it as soon as possible in light of the pressing time.

"We believe in the great power of the Torah-loving public, the People, and the Land - those who are interested in the restoration of the State and have tremendous responsibility and dedication to building Torah in all spheres of life. From this unity, we hope they'll be able as soon as possible to add the other parties that are close to this great spirit."

The rabbis added, "We call upon the entire national religious public and all those who follow the path of religious Zionism to return home and give their vote to the united party."