Ayelet Shaked, former Minister of Justice and head of the New Right party poses for a selfie during a press conference in Ramat Gan, July 21, 2019. Photo by Tomer Neuberg/Flash90

JERUSALEM (JTA) — Israel’s Yamina alliance of right-wing parties split into two factions.

The parties in the alliance split on Thursday, a week after its members were sworn into the new Knesset.

The Knesset Arrangements Committee on Thursday unanimously approved the break-up.

The alliance had told voters prior to the election that it would split following the election.

The two factions are the New Right Party, which was formed before the national elections in April as a right-wing party for both religious and secular voters and is headed by Yamina coalition leader Ayelet Shaked and Naftali Bennett, and an alliance of the Jewish Home and National Union parties.

The parties had formed the Yamina alliance in order to secure enough votes to pass the election threshold of 3.25 percent.


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