January 15, 2013

Israel's New Religious Right

David Remnick, New Yorker

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The Israeli elections will be held on January 22nd. Netanyahu is almost sure to keep his position. But that is not the central story of this political moment. Naftali Bennett is. His party, Habayit Hayehudi (the Jewish Home), represents the merger and reinvigoration of two older religious parties, and it is rapidly gaining ground. Many expect a third-place finish, behind Labor, which would be a remarkable achievement; second place is not inconceivable.

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TAGGED: Middle East, West Bank, Palestine, Ayelet Shaked, Naftali Bennett, Jewish Home Party, Israel

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