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Habayit Hayehudi chairman Rabbi Rafi Peretz (L) and National Union chairman Bezalel Smotrich

The Bayit Yehudi party and National Union signed a merger agreement on Thursday night.

The two parties agreed to run together in a joint list in the upcoming Knesset April 9 elections.

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Under the agreement, former IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz will head the joint list. Both parties will receive an equal number of mandates.

There is also a chance the list may also join forces with Otzma Yehudit and former Shas party leader Eli Yishai as well, according to a report published on the Hebrew-language 0404 military news site.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.