Israel’s Consul General To Midwest Discusses Right-Wing Merge In Knesset

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom. AP Photo
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers a statement in Tel Aviv, Israel, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018. Netanyahu says he will take over temporarily as defense minister as early elections still loom. AP Photo

Israel’s Consul General To Midwest Discusses Right-Wing Merge In Knesset

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu last week coordinated a merger between extreme right-wing political party Otzma Yehudit (Jewish Power) and Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) ahead of the April 2019 Knesset elections. Otzma Yehudit has its roots in the radical and racist right-wing Kach movement established by Rabbi Meir Kahane in the 1970s and later banned from the Knesset under a law forbidding parties that incite racism from competing in elections. Israel’s Central Elections Committee will soon discuss a petition to disqualify Otzma Yehudit’s candidates from running in the 2019 elections. To share insight into the tumultuous state of Israeli politics, we are joined by Consul General of Israel to the Midwest Aviv Ezra.