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After joint run, Religious Zionism party splits into three factions

MK Itamar Ben Gvir and MK Bezalel Smotrich of Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudit register their party for the upcoming elections at the Knesset, September 14, 2022. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)
MK Itamar Ben Gvir and MK Bezalel Smotrich of Religious Zionism-Otzma Yehudit register their party for the upcoming elections at the Knesset, September 14, 2022. (Arie Leib Abrams/Flash90)

The Knesset’s far-right faction splits into three individual parties, dividing the electoral alliance into its constituent parts.

While the unified party held 14 seats, now Religious Zionism holds 7, Otzma Yehudit 6, and the tiny Noam faction one seat, after the Knesset’s Arrangements Committee approved requests from Otzma Yehudit and Noam to split off from the larger party.

Party chief Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben Gvir vowed to negotiate their entry into the future government as a unit, but so far have been conducting separate coalition talks with prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu.

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