Netanyahu Makes Deal with Far-Right Party

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu forged an election alliance with a far-right party that could give followers of the late anti-Arab rabbi, Meir Kahane.

Netanyahu Makes Deal with Far-Right Party

The deal, announced by Netanyahu’s Likud and the ultranationalist Jewish Home party, was aimed at solidifying a potential right-wing coalition after the April 9 parliamentary election, Reuters reported.

Opinion polls predict Netanyahu’s Likud will win the most parliamentary seats and will be in a position to form a governing coalition of rightist and religious parties similar to the one he now heads.

But the surveys also show that a possible alliance between two of his strongest centrist opponents, former armed forces chief Benny Gantz, who leads the Resilience Party, and ex-finance minister Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid faction, could spark an upset.

Moving to counter that prospective partnership, Netanyahu agreed to set aside two Cabinet posts for Jewish Home on condition it agreed to a merger with the Jewish Power party, whose leaders have portrayed themselves as Kahane’s successors.

Kahane, a US-born rabbi, served one term in the Knesset in the ’80s as head of the Kach party, which advocated the “transfer” of Palestinians to neighboring Arab countries and also called for a ban on intermarriage between Israeli Jews and Arabs.

Kahane’s movement was subsequently banned from Israeli politics as racist. He was assassinated in 1990 in New York by an Egyptian-born American.

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