Four parties become one
by: JTA - Last updated: 2008-11-03
Four of Israel's right-wing parties will unite
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Four of Israel's right-wing parties will unite. The parties will present one list in its run for the Knesset under an agenda that will be led by Jewish education, the State of Israel's Jewish identity and Jewish morality.
The merging parties are the National Union, National Religious, Tkuma and Moledet. The National Religious Party is Israel's second oldest political party. The new party says it will include two "non-kipah wearers" and two women on its Knesset list, which will be chosen by a committee comprised of national-religious and right-wing figures. A new name has not yet been chosen.
Meanwhile, right-wing lawmaker Effie Eitam said he would not join the new party and announced that he planned to join Likud, but Likud officials told the Israeli media that the party was not likely to accept Eitam.