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Jul 29, 2019 | 16:44 GMT

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Israel: Jewish Power Party Pressures Right-Wing Alliance to Include Them for Knesset Elections

What Happened: Israel's far-right Jewish Power party has said it would join forces with Noam, an ultranationalist party, for upcoming parliamentary elections if the newly-minted Union of Right-Wing Parties doesn't include Jewish Power in their alliance, The Times of Israel reported July 29. A party official has said the agreement will not go into effect for 36 hours.

Why It Matters: Israel's ultranationalist and extremist political wings will have an increased role in the formation of the next government as a center-right coalition would likely rely on their support. If extremist parties succeed in obtaining concessions in exchange for supporting the new government, they could gain significant influence over cultural, social and foreign policy.

Background: Jewish Power joined the Union of Right-Wing Parties in April's parliamentary election, but didn't win enough votes to gain seats in the Knesset and split with the alliance over allegations of a lack of support.

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