Bezalel Smotrich and Rabbi Rafi Peretz after signing the agreement
Bezalel Smotrich and Rabbi Rafi Peretz after signing the agreementSpokesperson

The heads of the Jewish Home and National Union parties, Rabbi Rafi Peretz and Bezalel Smotrich, on Thursday evening signed an agreement on a joint run in the elections for the 21st Knesset.

According to the agreement, the list will be put together using the “zipper method”. The Jewish Home will receive the odd numbers on the list and the National Union the even numbers.

The list will be as follows:

1. Rabbi Rafi Peretz (Jewish Home)
2. Bezalel Smotrich (National Union)
3. Motti Yogev (Jewish Home)
4. Ofir Sofer (National Union)
5. Yifat Erlich (Jewish Home)
6. Orit Strook (National Union)
7. Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan (Jewish Home)
8. Yossi Cohen (National Union)

The National Union party will be entitled to choose first the role it will be given as part of an entry into the coalition.

If one minister is appointed, there will be a rotation between Rabbi Peretz and Smotrich. In addition to a rotation in the role of the sole minister, if there is an odd number of MKs in the Knesset, there will be rotation in the final spot.

The agreement states that "all decisions will be made with the consent of both parties, and the division of all the roles will be done in a rational manner by the two chairpersons of the parties."

Rabbi Peretz welcomed the agreement in a post on Twitter on Thursday evening.

“Religious Zionism won,” he wrote.

“The Jewish Home party is marching forward in unity. I am happy and proud to lead the party forward. Together we will lead religious Zionism to a large, powerful and influential home in the Israeli public,” added Rabbi Peretz.

The Likud party said in response to the Jewish Home and National Union's joint run, "We welcome the agreement between the Jewish Home and the National Union and call on them to unite with additional forces to ensure the victory of the right-wing bloc in the elections."

MK Motti Yogev, number 3 on the Jewish Home-National Union list, responded to the agreement between the two parties.

"Now that we have finally united, the real work is beginning. The Jewish Home party is a home for all of religious society and for all of Israeli society. In the short time that remains, we will bring home everyone who feels that the house is shaking."

"Now is the time for action and persuasion. Together we will succeed and grow," MK Yogev said.