ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 148

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Following split, Shaked and Hendel make their pitches to right-wing voters

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel at a state memorial ceremony for former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, July 10, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel at a state memorial ceremony for former prime minister Yitzhak Shamir, at Mount Herzl Cemetery in Jerusalem, July 10, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Less than a day after parting ways, former Zionist Spirit partners Ayelet Shaked and Yoaz Hendel battle for the right-wing votes that their joint party failed to attract.

Hendel brands his bid to continue leading Zionist Spirit as the home for the “normal right.”

“I appreciate Ayelet Shaked. I understand the political choice she made. But the normal right deserves a home. And this home is Zionist Spirit,” Hendel says in a video message.

Shaked says that the end of their partnership has allowed to her to “come home” to the right.

“I believe in partnerships, but I’m not ready for these partnerships to distance me from my values ​​– the values ​​of the right,” Shaked says after their split.

Shaked and Hendel’s partnership rapidly unraveled this weekend, amid consistently low polling and differences in approach toward partnering with former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to Zionist Spirit sources.

Shaked is open to partnering with Netanyahu in a somewhat-narrow government coalition, but has not committed to a specific threshold number. She accuses Hendel of belonging to the “anything but Bibi” camp, while he charges that she will deliver a narrow government to the Likud leader.

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