Moshe Feiglin says his Zehut party will run alone, risking right-wing unity

Feiglin says he’ll go it alone in September’s elections.

By World Israel News Staff

Zehut party leader Moshe Feiglin confirmed to IDF Radio on Monday that his party will run  independently.

Asked whether he was worried about wasting votes, the right-wing leader said, “The only one who didn’t waste his vote in the last elections was the one who voted Zehut.”

Feiglin’s party failed to garner enough votes to enter the Knesset in the April elections.

Feiglin criticized Ayelet Shaked, the former Justice Minister who will lead the United Right-Wing Alliance, according to reports on Sunday.

Feiglin told IDF Radio, “Although I brought more votes than Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, Shaked did not turn to me at all, and no negotiations were conducted even though everyone knew our hands were outstretched. We will run ourselves and enter the Knesset.”

Shaked and Bennett are still ironing out the details of their agreement with the Union of Right-Wing Parties, which so far includes the Jewish Home and the National Union.

Contradicting Feiglin’s assertion, Shaked has made clear that she wants as broad a right-wing coalition as possible.

On Sunday night, as negotiations appeared to move forward, she expressed hope “that we can move to the next stage – to try to enter all the right-wing parties under a united right.”

Her close political ally, Naftali Bennett, said recently that negotiations with Feiglin would start as part of the next stage.

Two parties remain outside the alliance – Zehut and Otzma Yehudit (or “Jewish Power”). The latter is led by Itamar Ben-Gvir. He has said he wants to unite.