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Religious Zionism said refusing to declare it will recommend Bennett if Ra’am does

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich is refusing to commit to recommending that Yamina chief Naftali Bennett form the next government if the Islamist Ra’am party backs Bennett, the Walla news site reports.

Sources in the far-right party are quoted saying they’ll consider discussing the matter “when it’s relevant.”

Smotrich and Religious Zionism — part of Prime Minister Netanyahu’s right-wing religious bloc — have ruled out a government backed by Ra’am, a refusal that has contributed to the premier’s failure to assemble a ruling coalition since the March 23 elections.

Religious Zionism leader Bezalel Smotrich leads a faction meeting at the Knesset on May 3, 2021. (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
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