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March 18, 2015 10:02 am

‘Religious Zionism Rallied to Save Netanyahu,’ Jewish Home Party Says

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Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett. After Tuesday's election results were announced, Netanyahu called Bennett to immediately begin forming a nationalist coalition. Photo: Wikimedia Commons. – Despite dropping from 12 Knesset seats to eight seats in Tuesday’s Israeli election, the religious Zionist party Habayit Hayehudi (Jewish Home) took solace in the fact that the right-wing bloc maintained its strength and that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would likely lead the next government.

After Tuesday’s exit polls were made public, Netanyahu called Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett, and the two leaders agreed to immediately begin forming a nationalist coalition. Bennett said, “We’re in it for the long haul. I was asked if I am disappointed. No, on the contrary, I am proud of religious Zionism. It was called on to act and answered the call in a big way.”

“It is hard on the personal level, but joyous on the national one,” said MK Ayelet Shaked, the third-ranked candidate on Habayit Hayehudi’s Knesset list. “Religious Zionism rallied to save Netanyahu.”

Habayit Hayehudi MK Uri Ariel said, “The nationalist camp won and it’s because our friends gave their votes to the Likud.”

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  • Naftali Bennet seems like a wonderful man. He a one of a few who puts Israel first, before personal power. Wish there were more like him.
    I’m proud to be a Jew. Look at this small country who with the blessing of HaShem that out does the tyrants of the world; whether in history or today.
    Obama and others came together to destroy Bibi. Guess HaShem had other plans.