Negotiations between Habyit Yehudi and the Leumi for a joint run in April’s elections collapsed, raising the chances that both factions will run alone and possibly not cross the electoral threshold.
The talks broke up after only five minutes on Saturday night and no further negotiations are scheduled. According to reports, the key sticking point is Habyit Yehudi leader Rabbi Rafi Peretz’s demand that he head the union and get the most senior ministerial portfolio.
“The negotiations with the Leumi reached a dead end this evening. Habyit Yehudi is ready for an independent run tonight and continues to examine other possibilities,” said Habyit Yehudi in a statement.
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