Netanyahu strikes election deal with ultra-nationalist party
JERUSALEM (AP) — A small Israeli ultranationalist party has agreed to drop out of upcoming national elections to support Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s ruling Likud party.
Netanyahu said at a press conference Thursday that he agreed to give a ministerial post in a future government to Zehut leader Moshe Feiglin and advance medical marijuana legislation, an issue supported by Feiglin. In exchange, Feiglin’s party agreed not to run in next month’s elections.
Zehut garnered nearly 120,000 votes in April’s elections, falling short of the minimum needed to enter parliament. Netanyahu is hoping those votes will now go to Likud in the September vote.
The party ran on a platform of marijuana legalization, free market economics and hard-line nationalist views.
Zehut members are slated to approve the agreement on Sunday.