WASHINGTON FREE BEACON
The Gamble of Israel’s ‘New Right’
by David Isaac
January 6, 2019
“Boom!” read the headline of a supplement in Israeli weekly Makor Rishon, after two leading politicians, Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, announced on December 29 that they were jumping ship from the Jewish Home Party to create the New Right Party…The ruling Likud Party wasted little time in slamming the New Right as a threat to the entire right…Netanyahu has repeatedly raised the specter of 1992, when a plethora of right-wing parties caused two of them to fail to make it into the Knesset, wasting their votes. The result was a Labor government led by Yitzhak Rabin, which brought about the Oslo Accords, long viewed as a disaster by the right. READ MORE
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