Danny Dayan, the head of the influential Yesha Council, which represents the political interests of the settler movement, resigned on Tuesday evening and pledged his political support to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Dayan said that his position prevented him from taking part in electoral politics, but that his personal need to publicly support Netanyahu had led to his resignation. He plans to actively campaign in support of the joint Likud-Beytenu list ahead of the January 22 general election.

Dayan served as Yesha Council chairman for over five years, revitalizing the political group after the 2005 disengagement from Gaza.