Avoiding unity talks?

Jewish Home chairman shrugs off meeting with National Union chairman as negotiations on joint run remain deadlocked.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Rabbi Rafi Peretz
Rabbi Rafi Peretz
Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

The chairman of the Jewish Home Party, Rabbi Rafi Peretz, was scheduled to meet Wednesday with the chairman of the National Union Party, MK Betzalel Smotrich. However, Rabbi Peretz cancelled the meeting at the last minute.

Smotrich arrived Tuesday evening for a meeting with Rabbi Peretz at a conference of directors of religious Zionist institutions at the Dead Sea.During the night meetings were held by the negotiating teams, but Rabbi Peretz refrained from holding direct negotiations with Smotrich.

On Wednesday morning, Rabbi Peretz paid a condolence visit to the family of Ori Ansbacher in Tekoa. He had promised to return to the Dead Sea to meat with Smotrich.

This afternoon, Rabbi Peretz held a press conference at Beit Sokolov in Tel Aviv, during which he will present Yedioth Ahronot journalist Yifat Ehrlich, who was named third in the Jewish Home Knesset list.

The third spot on the list was reserved for a woman. The Jewish Home selection committee said that "Yifat is a significant addition to the Jewish Home and represents the diverse, vibrant, ethical and religious youth of traditional and religious Zionism."

"The members of the council call on the party to preserve and ensure the position of the female representative in the top four in the list in all negotiations and agreements with other parties.

The chairman of the Jewish Home, Rabbi Peretz, said that "Yifat is a successful journalist with great influence, and I have no doubt that she will be able to connect many other audiences to the party. The Jewish home is the home of all kinds of religious Zionism. Together with Yifat and the excellent team of the Jewish Home, we'll take off and fly high"

Erlich, 41, is married and the mother of five, a resident of Ofra. In the past she lived in Amona until the destruction of the houses in the outpost in 2006. She holds a BA in Physics and Jewish Thought and a MA in Contemporary Jewry from Hebrew University.