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Hagit Moshe at the Jerusalem municipality. May 3, 2016

By Yair Altman

For the first time in Israel’s history, a woman was elected this week to head a religious party running for the Knesset, when Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Hagit Moshe emerged victorious in the Jewish Home Party (Habayit Hayehudi, formerly the Mafdal party) primary on Tuesday.

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Hagit Moshe defeated Yamina Party leader Naftali Bennett’s confidant, Nir Orbach, in a race held in the 960-member assembly.

Moshe’s election increases the chances of the Jewish Home partnering with Likud after the March 23 elections, giving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a better chance of forming a coalition.

[Editor: The Jewish Home Party is likely to form a technical bloc with Bezalel Smotrich’s Religious-Zionist party.]

This article first appeared in Israel Hayom.

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