The United Right (Hebrew: הימין המאוחד, HaYamin HaMeuhad) is an Israeli political alliance of right-wing to far-right parties formed by the New Right and the Union of Right-Wing Parties. The parties agreed to unite in an effort to surpass the electoral threshold needed to win seats in the Knesset. Following the failure to pass the threshold in the April 2019 election, New Right leader Naftali Bennett agreed to give leadership of the new party to Ayelet Shaked, which made the new union even more remarkable given the belief that male Orthodox political leaders would never recognize the leadership of a secular woman.
The United Right won seven seats in the September 2019 election.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pressured Naftali Bennett to form a union with the far right parties to increase the chance they would exceed the electoral threshold in March 2020. Bennett, however, decided to run a joint slate – Yamina – with his Hayamin Hehadash Party and the National Union Party without the Kahanist Otzma Yehudit Party. Shaked was replaced by Bennett as leader of the slate.
Raoul Wootliff noted that Bennett’s party “is relatively liberal on church and state matters, and is looking to expand the party’s appeal beyond religious voters, as part of his declared run for prime minister.”
Sources: “United Right,” Wikipedia.
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