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Israel Political Parties: Otzma Yehudit

The Otzma Yehudit Party is the re-branded Otzma LeYisrael party, which failed to pass the minimum 2 percent vote threshhold by 9,000 votes in 2013.  The Otzma LeYisrael party was formed in 2012 by Knesset members Aryeh Elad and Michael Ben-Ari, after they split from the National Union group of parties. 

In the 2015 election the party was led by Michael Ben-Ari.  In early February it was announced that Otzma Yehudit had struck a deal with the HaAm Itanu Party and would be running on a joint ticket with them.  The HaAm Itanu list failed to cross the newly raised electoral threshold, and no representatives from Otzma Yehudit were elected to the 20th Knesset.

Sources: Yashar, Ari. "Otzma Yehudit: We're crushed, but not despairing." Israel National News, March 18, 2015
Ettinger, Yair.  "Former Shas leader Yishai teams up with extreme rightists."  Haaretz, January 30, 2015. 
Harkov, Lahav.  "Eldad, Ben-Aro form new party: Strong Israel."  Jerusalem Post.  November 13, 2012. 

Ronen, Gil.  "Otzma LeYisrael was 9,000 votes short."  Arutz Sheva.  January 23, 2013. 
Hoffman, Gil.  "Far-right Jewish Strength Party to run for Knesset."  Jerusalem Post. December 14, 2014.