Flailing Netanyahu asks Rabbi Druckman to go Bayit Yehudi, he declines

In more and more determined efforts to carry Bayit Yehudi and far-right Otzma Yehudit right into a united right-wing electoral checklist with New Proper and Nationwide Union, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested senior nationwide non secular chief Rabbi Haim Druckman to take up the place of Bayit Yehudi chairman. The thought was apparently for Druckman, who has supported the inclusion of Otzma in a right-wing non secular joint checklist, to quickly take the reins of Bayit Yehudi and use his rabbinic authority to persuade the opposite get together leaders to just accept the far-right get together into its ranks.Netanyahu is urgently attempting to get the opposite religious-Zionist, proper wing events to incorporate Otzma of their union with a purpose to enhance the right-wing bloc’s possibilities of securing a majority within the upcoming election.Druckman, who’s 87 and has served previously as an MK for Bayit Yehudi’s predecessor the Nationwide Non secular Get together, refused the supply nevertheless. Bayit Yehudi is in turmoil at current. Its chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz has grow to be extremely unpopular and its voter base has been squeezed dramatically by the institution of the New Proper get together by Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked. Peretz’s refusal to permit main elections for the management and composition of the electoral checklist has additionally generated a lot anger towards him. Chaos and violence broke out at Bayit Yehudi’s central committee assembly Monday night time as a consequence of Peretz’s insistence that he alone be in control of unity negotiations, whereas Nationwide Union, one other right-wing, non secular get together, defected to hitch New Proper. This has left Bayit Yehudi and Otzma, with whom Peretz did a unity deal in December, out within the chilly and Netanyahu, in addition to Bayit Yehudi supporters, is extraordinarily involved that this get together alone won’t cross the electoral threshold.