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Netanyahu urges far-right to merge, pledges portfolios and Likud representation — TV

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is again urging a merger of far-right parties ahead of the March election, according to Channel 12.

The prime minister has promised Bezalel Smotrich of the Religious Zionism party that he’ll place a candidate of his choice on the Likud list and will offer him at least one ministerial portfolio if he merges with Itamar Ben-Gvir’s Otzma Yehudit, the network says.

Otzma Yehudit party member Itamar Ben Gvir (R) speaks with National Union faction leader Betzalel Smotrich during a campaign event in Bat Yam, April 6, 2019. (Flash90)
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