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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.


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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.