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Ultra-nationalist lawmaker ramps up ahead of Israeli elections

Head of the far-right Otzma Yehudit faction Itamar Ben Gvir says he no longer needs the Religious Zionism party as an ally to get into the Knesset.
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Ultranationalist Israeli lawmaker Itamar Ben Gvir announced Aug. 15 that his Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) faction would run alone in the upcoming Nov. 1 elections. In the last elections, extreme-right Otzma Yehudit allied with the Religious Zionism party, headed by Bezalel Smotrich. Now Ben Gvir has accused Smotrich of failing to negotiate in good faith on a continued alliance.

He said, “I have tried every way to achieve unity between us, but since Bezalel has rejected every concession, I declare tonight with a full heart that Otzma Yehudit will run by itself in the elections.”

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