Jewish Home leader urges party to back far-right merger

Jewish Home Party leader Rafi Peretz is urging party members to vote in favor of a deal with Netanyahu that would see it merge with the extremist Otzma Yehudit party.

Peretz says he opposes the merger on principle, but says that “when my house is on fire, I don’t check the tzitzit of who’s helping me put it out.”

“There is a danger to our home,” Peretz says, referring to Israel Resilience, as well as the Trump administration’s peace plan “that will seek to uproot communities.”

“Our answer to those who want to destroy our home is unity.”

Peretz also says that he and Netanyahu are in talks with Eli Yishai for a possible merger with his Yachad party.

— Jacob Magid

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