In December 2018, Education Minister Naftali Bennett, leader of the Jewish Home party, and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked announced the formation of a new party – HaYamin HeHadash (“The New Right”) based on “full partnership” between Orthodox and secular Israelis.
The reason for the move, one of their colleagues suggested, was their realization that they could not be associated with a religious party if they hoped to achieve their eventual goal of becoming prime minister.
A third member of the Jewish Home, MK Shuli Moalem-Refaeli, also joined the new party as did Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick.
Shaked and Bennett oppose the creation of a Palestinian state and advocate annexing Area C of the West Bank where all the Israeli settlements are located. They would offer Israeli citizenship to the roughly 100,000 Palestinians living in the area.
The party platform outlines their main positions:
- Promotion of cooperation between religious and secular Jews.
- The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people.
- Opposition to the establishment of a Palestinian state.
- Belief in economic liberalism.
- Belief in personal freedom and personal responsibility.
- Israel is the nation-state of the Jewish people, and only of the Jewish people.
- Full civil rights for minorities.
- Promotion of the Jewish tradition and the Jewish character of the state, without coercion.
- Opposition to Judicial activism.
- Promotion of the high-tech industry through a laissez-faire approach.
- Resistance to unnecessary regulation.
- The state should care for those who cannot take care of themselves, while those who are able to work must work.
Sources: Raoul Wootliff, “Bennett, Shaked quit Jewish Home, announce formation of ‘The New Right,’” Times of Israel, (December 29, 2018);
Judy Maltz, “Right-wing Leaders Fear U.S. Peace Plan Could Impact Next Israeli Government,” Haaretz, (February 13, 2019);
“New Right,” Wikipedia.