MK Bezalel Smotrich, who chairs the Religious Zionism party, on Tuesday morning spoke about the negotiations between himself and MK Itamar Ben-Gvir of the Otzma Yehudit party.
"Ben-Gvir and I are holding negotiations, and with G-d's help, we are close to closing," Smotrich said. "We are standing in a much better place and we want to run together. We understand that this is the correct thing. We are aiming for zero risk, in order to maximize the electorate. We have come closer together. This has a price. Patience."
In an interview with Reshet Bet, Smotrich was asked whether the joint run with Ben-Gvir would remain even if it meant sitting in the opposition.
"Those who would sit with the Islamic Movement, who are terror supporters, cannot allow themselves to now boycott people like Ben-Gvir, a Zionist man who loves the people and the land," Smotrich responded.
The disagreements between the two parties center around the seventh spot on the joint list - a spot which recent polls show is a realistic one. Smotrich wants to see a candidate who will draw votes from the "soft" right, who currently would vote for the Zionist Spirit party, while Ben-Gvir wants a traditional candidate from Israel's periphery.
"Number seven will be from the periphery, Sephardic, traditional, without a kippah (skullcap)," Ben-Gvir stated. "In order to succeed, this party must appeal to everyone."