Uri Ariel
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At a conference for administrators of religious Zionist institutions, Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) postulated that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will be the one to form the next government. 

Ariel also called on the administrators to mobilize voters to help Jewish Home become the third largest party in the 20th Knesset. 

Toward the beginning of his speech at the conference held at the Dead Sea, Ariel dismissed attacks against the Jewish Home by media and journalists who he accused of trying to sabotage the party, saying they only illustrated Jewish Home's growing strength. 

"The larger [of a party] we get, the more attacks against us there are. It's natural. They're attacking us because we're good." 

"Ultimately, these attacks gives us a lot more publicity and bring us into the public consciousness, thereby allowing us, if we work hard, to really become the third largest party in Israel." 

Ariel then shared his opinion of what elections results and the next government will look like. 

"I don't see the other camp [the Left] succeeding in building a coalition. I have an appreciation for them, but I can't sit with them [in a government]," he stated, adding that "I don't see our Golda [Zehava Gal-On] sitting with [Yisrael Beytenu Chairman Avigdor] Liberman."

"If anyone thinks there is an option of the haredi parties joining a Left coalition, I argue to the contrary," Ariel stressed. 

"There is no one who thinks [Yesh Atid Chairman Yair] Lapid will give the yeshiva world an additional billion shekels and give up his precious budget plan. There is no one who thinks [Hatnua Chairwoman] Tzipi Livni is ready to give an extra two billion shekels for child allowances."

A logical analysis of the the mandates shows it is statistically impossible for the Left to form the next government, Ariel said, although he noted there was one serious problem. 

"Eli Yishai must pass the threshold, because if not then three seats, four or five if we add Baruch Marzel's Otzma Yehudit, will go to waste and put the Right in a difficult position."

"The solution to this problem is if Yachad-Ha'am Itanu and Otzma Yehudit will run together," Ariel supplied. "If they run together, they'll pass the threshold and join the right-wing coalition," he continued, calling for the two parties to merge together. 

"I very much hope they are wise enough to connect and run together. Otherwise it will put all of Israel in a very serious problem for the next several years," Ariel concluded.