Bennett: 'We'll join a right-wing government - if Smotrich joins, too'

Yamina's MK Naftali Bennett promises to help form right-wing government - but will work with the other side if PM Netanyahu fails, report says.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Naftali Bennett
Naftali Bennett
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Yamina Chairman MK Naftali Bennett has clarified to Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu that he prefers a "full right-wing" government to any other government, and he will do anything demanded of him in order to form such a government.

However, he emphasized that if Netanyahu fails to form a government, Bennett will attempt to do so together with the anti-Netanyahu bloc, Ynet reported.

Over the past few days, the Likud party has been working with various Religious Zionist rabbis, asking that they speak with Religious Zionism Chairman MK Bezalel Smotrich and convince him to agree to a government in cooperation with or supported by MK Mansour Abbas' United Arab List (Ra'am).

There is also discussion of a rotation deal between Netanyahu and Bennett, despite Netanyahu's repeated proclamations that there will be no rotation deals in the new government.

According to the report, in the coming days the Likud plans to apply heavy pressure to Smotrich, via right-wing activists, social media, protests, and rabbis.