Battle for the right-wing vote || Netanyahu visits isolated West Bank settlement for first time as PM
Netanyahu's visit to Rechelim settlement – kept partially secret for security and diplomatic reasons – was part of an effort to reclaim Likud voters lost to Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi.
The deep fear in the Likud that voters are fleeing the party for Naftali Bennett's Habayit Hayehudi is growing stronger. This has lead Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to visit an isolated settlement not in one of the settlement blocs for the first time since becoming prime minister almost four years ago.
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