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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seen during a visit at a 'matza' factory in Kfar Chabad, prior to the Jewish holiday of Passover (archive)

The Chabad National Council of Rabbis has issued a call to its communities to vote only for those parties which are completely certain to pass the threshold required to enter the Knesset in the upcoming election on September 17.

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The Chabad-Lubavitch Hasidic voting bloc is seen as a significant power base for Israel’s politicians.

The decision was seen as a blow to the Otzma Yehudit party.

The heads of Otzma Yehudit called on the Chabad rabbis in a letter, asking them to make a commitment not to agree to sit in a government that negotiates on autonomy (with the Palestinian Authority), including the “Bennet Plan.”

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