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Far-right platforms take shape in Israeli primaries

The Religious Zionism primaries show how far the national-religious stream has veered to the right.

The far-right Religious Zionism party held its primary yesterday to determine the composition of its Knesset list for the upcoming November elections. While the outcome was certainly crucial for party leader Bezalel Smotrich, it was also very important to opposition head Benjamin Netanyahu.

The right-wing Likud party held its primary on Aug. 10. With that battle behind him, Netanyahu can now focus on the Knesset lists of his potential allies, Religious Zionism among them. Netanyahu heads a conservative, Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox bloc and its constituent parts depend on each other. If any of them fail to win sufficient support on Nov. 1, it will bring down the entire structure.

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