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Israel’s interior and communications ministers announce joint bid for elections



Interior Minister Ayelet Shaked’s Yamina party and Communications Minister Yoaz Hendel’s Derech Eretz party will run together under the name Haruach Hatzionit (The Zionist Spirit) for the November 1 Knesset elections.

This was announced on Wednesday in a Twitter post, in which both signed the coalition agreement of their parties with the following message: “With God’s help we can do this and we’ll get ahead.”

The merger marks the end of more than two weeks of speculation that began after Hendel and Hauser were excluded from the July 10 merger between Azul y Blanco and Nueva Esperanza, The Jerusalem Post reported.

Standing side-by-side after the coalition agreement was signed, the interior minister said the new alliance would work for a broad national Zionist government that would include both the Netanyahu-led Likud and center-left parties, but not the Arabs.

“Only a vote for the Zionist spirit will guarantee a broad Zionist national government,” announced Shaked, adding that “the Israeli executive cannot rely on an Arab party.”

Likewise, the communications minister, who resisted any liaison with former Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the outgoing legislature, has detailed that a “unity government” would back the Likud to the left.

“I will say it very clearly before the elections: [queremos] a government composed of Likud and centre-left. There is no other way. In this government we have learned that excluding half the people leads to instability,” Hendel said, reiterating, according to The Times of Israel, that the Zionist spirit will foster a unity government.

Shaked and Hendel helped lead the ruling coalition, which is made up of eight parties from right, left, center and Arab political corners, with a promise to oust then-Prime Minister Netanyahu. Now they have finally decided to reverse the veto on the Likud leader.

On the other hand, Israeli Prime Minister Yair has wished Lapid Shaked and Hendel good luck. “Congratulations to the Minister of the Interior and the Minister of Communications on founding the Zionist Spirit party. We will continue to work together for the citizens of Israel,” he said via his Twitter account.

The current government took power in June 2021 after Netanyahu served as Prime Minister of Israel for 12 consecutive years. However, the coalition consists of eight parties, which cover the entire political spectrum after a historic agreement to avoid new elections after four elections had to be held in two years due to a lack of a majority.


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