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Support from Likud MKs for Netanyahu's boosting of Jewish Power party

Not one Likud parliamentarian has opposed Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's engineering of a merger between Jewish Home and Jewish Power parties, reported the Times of Israel.

"A number of Likud MKs have offered active support for the boosting of Otzma Yehudit [Jewish Power]," the news site said, "while most have not commented on it at all."

The Times of Israel stated that it had reached out to over a dozen lawmakers from the ruling party who had yet to comment on the alliance. While many have still not released statements, a number of MKs have expressed support for the move.

Those include Yuli Edelstein, Miri Regev, Yariv Levin, Haim Katz, Tzachi Hanegbi, Nir Barkat, Tzipi Hotovely, Miki Zohar, Yoav Kisch, Yehudah Glick, Shlomo Karai and Michal Shir.

According to the report, "almost all of them highlighted the importance of unity among right-wing parties in order to prevent the rise of a left-wing government."

In contrast to the support amongst the Likud for the merger, the boost to Jewish Power has attracted considerable attention and condemnation internationally.

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