Smotrich: 'I will consolidate Religious Zionism'

Lawmaker says Bennett and Shaked's decision to abandon Jewish Home party is 'logical- they never came to lead Religious Zionism'.

Tzvi Lev ,

Bezalel Smotrich
Bezalel Smotrich

Jewish Home lawmaker Bezalel Smotrich hinted that he would lead the Jewish Home faction following reports that party leader Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked were leaving to form a new party.

"On the one hand, it was a logical move that Bennett and Shaked left," said Smotrich. "From the moment they entered politics they did not come to sit lead Religious Zionism. They set for themselves a much higher goal, and it took them time to understand that this was not done from within this platform."

Smotrich added that the move "comes as a surprise to me, I think it was possible to continue working together, I do see religious Zionism advancing to lead Israel".

"I congratulate them, wish them success on their way, and take upon myself the task of consolidating religious Zionism," added Smotrich.

After consulting with senior Religious Zionist figures, such as Rabbis Zalman Melamed and Haim Druckman, Bennett and Shaked announced on Saturday evening that they will form a new right-wing party.