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The New Nationalist Right

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The decision by Education Minister Naftali Bennett and his colleague, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked, to quit the Habayit Hayehudi party and form a new party under their leadership is first of all an acknowledgment of the settler party’s electoral glass ceiling.

Bennett and Shaked know there simply aren’t enough Israelis interested in buying the ideological goods that religious Zionism is selling. Habayit Hayehudi’s extremism, messianism, racism and homophobia – all apparently essential ingredients in its ideological stew – were too much even for Bennett and Shaked. As people who have set their sights on the Prime Minister’s Office, it was only a matter of time until they abandoned the extremists and tried to wink at the center from the right.

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