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Jewish Home chief backs Netanyahu offer to merge with far-right party

Jewish Home leader Rafi Peretz says he backs a deal offered by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that would see his party merge with an extremist faction, Otzma Yehudit, in exchange for 2 ministerial posts in the next government and the 28th slot on the Likud party list.

In a statement, Peretz says he is seeking approval from the Jewish Home central committee, and that a decision will be made later this evening.

He asserts that nationalist religious parties “will be senior partners in leading the country and the next Knesset.”

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