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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.


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.”