Poll: NRP Voters Support Merger (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 01/28/05)
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An overwhelming two-thirds of National Religious Party (NRP) voters
favor a merger with the National Union Party, according to a survey
conducted for Israel´s Voice of Israel.
NRP leaders Effie Eitam and Yitzhak Levy signed a merger agreement
with National Union representatives earlier this week, but NRP party
whip Zevulun Orlev denounced it as invalid.
The survey conducted by Dr. Yitzhak Katz of the Magar Mohot Institute
revealed that 66 per cent of the NRP voters support the merger and
only 19 per cent oppose it. The poll also gave Eitam the most support
to lead a right-wing bloc. One-third of those polled supported Eitam
and 17 per cent backed National Union MK Binyamin (Benny) Elon. The
NRP has about 130,000 voters.
The initiative by Eitam and Levy was the last straw in a long dispute
between NRP leaders and climaxed this week with verbal jibes between
Eitam and Orlev.
In a faction meeting, Orlev said that most religious Zionists
are "balanced and reasonable" and do not support the
extremist "fringe" positions favored by the National Union.
Eitam replied, "How can you characterize settlers as being "on the
fringes?" and Orlev retorted, "Don´t put your demagogy in my mouth.
The settlers are dear people [but] the National Union does not have
ownership over settler representation." (IsraelNationalNews ©
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