United Right

Leader: Ayelet Shaked
Current Seats: 5
Recommended candidate for prime minister in the Twenty-First Knesset: Benjamin Netanyahu
Supports/Opposes Two-State Solution: Opposes

The United Right is a joint list including Ayelet Shaked’s Hayamin Hehadash, Rabbi Rafi Peretz’s Habayit Hayehudi, and Bezalel Smotrich’s Tkuma.

In the last election campaign, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked split from Habayit Hayehudi to form Hayamin Hehadash. However, they failed to pass the electoral threshold.

In the last election campaign, Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked split from Habayit Hayehudi to form Hayamin Hehadash, in order to separate their brand of right-wing politics from the perceived narrow religious interests of factions like Tkuma. However, their new list failed to pass the electoral threshold. Meanwhile, at the urging of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, the rump Bayit Yehudi (including Tkuma) merged with the Kahanist faction Otzma Yehudit, yielding five seats as the Union of Right-Wing Parties. With the advent of a new election, Shaked and Bennett decided to return to politics, this time with Shaked in the number one spot in Hayamin Hehadash. Despite initial resistance from Peretz, Shaked, who is widely popular on the right in Israel, was granted the leadership of the united list.

Former IDF Chief Rabbi Rafi Peretz was elected to lead Bayit Yehudi after Naftali Bennett’s departure.

It has long been speculated that Ayelet Shaked would eventually like to assume the leadership of Likud once Benjamin Netanyahu is off the scene. The prime minister and his wife, Sara, are both distrusting of Shaked, whom Netanyahu fired after the April elections from her position as minister of justice, along with Naftali Bennett as education minister. Netanyahu also declined to fast-track Shaked’s candidacy with Likud for the September elections, and has resisted calls to run a joint ticket with the Union of Right-Wing Parties.