Jewish Home, Tekuma Reach Agreement

YERUSHALAYIM (Hamodia Staff) -

The Jewish Home party managed to ride out a pre-election crisis as the Tekuma faction central committee voted on Motzoei Shabbos to run together on March 17, The Jerusalem Post reported.

The decision followed tense days last week when a series of meetings failed to produce an agreement.

But the vote will not keep some of Tekuma’s leading rabbinical figures from leaving, though their political destination remained uncertain.

The break comes amid longterm unrest in the faction over the leadership of Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett, whose pact with Yair Lapid led to a raft of anti-religious measures.

Tekuma members who are staying with Jewish Home reportedly share the views of the departing rabbis, but chose to stay put for pragmatic reasons, fearing a loss of influence if they go elsewhere.