Israeli right-wing Ministers form new party

Israel as hawkish ministers Bennett and Shaked quit Habayit Hayehudi, launch new party.

Israel, two right-wing government ministers have launched a new party aimed at winning over secular voters ahead of snap elections in April.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked said at a press conference in Tel Aviv yesterday that they were quitting the far-right Jewish Home party to found the New Right party.

Nationalist Jewish Home  of which Bennett was the head and Shaked deputy leader has been part of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition with eight seats in parliament. The New Right party has a similar platform to Jewish Home, including its opposition to the creation of a Palestinian state.

Israeli lawmakers on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to dissolve parliament and hold snap elections on April 9 after Netanyahu’s government agreed on early polls.

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