New Right (Israel)

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The New Right

הימין החדש
LeaderNaftali Bennett[1]
Founded29 December 2018
Split fromThe Jewish Home
National conservatism[4][5][6]
Economic liberalism[2][4]
Gavison-Medan Covenant[2][7]
One-state solution[8]
Judicial restraint[9]
Religious Zionism[8]
Secular Zionism[8]
Political positionRight-wing[8]
National affiliationYamina[10][11]
SloganRight Wing. Responsibly.
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Election symbol

The New Right (Hebrew: הימין החדש, HaYamin HeHadash) is a right-wing political party in Israel, established in December 2018 by justice minister Ayelet Shaked and education minister Naftali Bennett. The party aims to be open to both religious and secular people, though it tried — and failed — to appeal to Religious Zionists in a last-minute push during the April 2019 Israeli legislative election.[12] Ahead of the September 2019 elections, the party ran as part of a technical bloc (called Yamina)[11] with the Jewish Home and Tkuma parties[13], though the parties split up into the New Right, Tkuma and the Jewish Home on election day once voting was complete.[14]


The party was formed in December 2018, when Naftali Bennett, Ayelet Shaked, and Shuli Mualem left the Jewish Home,[15][8] using the registration of the former Tzalash party, since their former party, The Jewish Home, is a religious party.[16][17]

It was announced on 2 January 2019 that The Jerusalem Post columnist Caroline Glick had joined the party.[18] Deaf rights activist Shirley Pinto joined the party on 8 January 2019;[19] Shaked stated that Pinto would be an "effective advocate for the rights of people with disabilities".[20]

On 29 July 2019, the Union of Right-wing Parties and the New Right reached a final agreement on joint run, with the New Right's Ayelet Shaked leading the joint list.[10]


The New Right party platform, as detailed by the party's website, is:[2]

Party leader Ayelet Shaked said the party would work to arrange religious and secular relations on the basis of mutual understanding and an updated version of the Gavison-Medan Covenant.[21]

April 2019 candidate list[edit]

The party's candidate list for the April 2019 Knesset elections was as follows:[22]

  1. Naftali Bennett, Minister of Education, party founder, and former Chairman of The Jewish Home.
  2. Ayelet Shaked, Minister of Justice and party founder.
  3. Alona Barkat, Businesswoman and owner of the football team Hapoel Beer Sheva.
  4. Colonel (Res.) Matan Kahana, former F-16 Squadron Commander.
  5. Shuli Mualem, former Jewish Home MK.
  6. Caroline Glick, columnist and author.
  7. Elishaib (Shibi) Raichner, Makor Rishon journalist and social activist.
  8. Lt. Colonel (Res.) Uri Shechter, CEO of the Religious-Secular cooperation organisation "Tzohar".
  9. Amichai Shikli, founder of the Tavor Mechina.
  10. Shirley Pinto, deaf rights activist.
  11. Yom-Tov Calpon, founder of the "Alinu" movement, which promotes Olim in politics.
  12. Ran Bar-Yushpat, former vice-CEO of the Kohelet Policy Forum.


Leader Took office Left office
Naftali-Bennett.jpg Naftali Bennett 2018 Incumbent[1]

Knesset election results[edit]

Election year Party Leader # of overall votes % of overall vote # of overall seats
+/- Gov?
April 2019 Naftali Bennett 138,598 3.22%
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Decrease 3 N/A
September 2019 Naftali Bennett TBD TBD
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  1. ^ a b Nati Yefet (11 September 2019). "Naftali Bennett, not Ayelet Shaked, is chairman of New Right, party bylaws show". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 11 September 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d "אודות המפלגה". newyamin (in Hebrew).
  3. ^ "Israel Votes 2019 | HaYamin HeChadash - The New Right". Retrieved 2019-03-26.
  4. ^ a b "Israeli ministers announce new right-wing party ahead of snap election". I24 News. 29 December 2018.
  5. ^ "Right-Wing Israeli Political 'Fascism' Perfume Ad Leaves People Scratching Their Heads". The Forward. 19 March 2019.
  6. ^ "Israeli Justice Minister Releases Mock Perfume Ad Trolling The Left". Daily Wire. 19 March 2019.
  7. ^ "How Bennett, Shaked will distinguish themselves from Likud, Bayit Yehudi". The Jerusalem Post. 6 January 2019.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Bennett, Shaked quit Jewish Home, announce formation of 'The New Right'". The Times Of Israel. 29 December 2018. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  9. ^ "The New Right". idi.
  10. ^ a b Staff writer (29 July 2019). "New Right, United Right reach final agreement on joint run". Israel National News. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  11. ^ a b Staff writer (12 August 2019). "United Right to run under name 'Yamina'". Arutz Sheva.
  12. ^ Jacob Magid (12 April 2019). "How did 2 of Israel's most prominent ministers end up outside the 21st Knesset?". The Times Of Israel. Retrieved 12 April 2019.
  13. ^ Jeremy Sharon. "Right-wing parties form alliance to be led by Shaked". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 30 July 2019.
  14. ^ "Shaked's Yamina faction dissolves an hour after polls close". The Times of Israel. 18 September 2019.
  15. ^ Chaim Levenson; Yotam Berger (29 December 2018). "Political Drama: Senior Israeli Ministers Launch New Right-wing Party". Haaretz. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  16. ^ Yvette J. Deane; Lahav Harkov; Gil Hoffman (29 December 2018). "'HaYamin HeHadash' (New Right)- Bennett, Shaked announce political party". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  17. ^ הפלטפורמה: מפלגתו של פריצקי Israel National News, 30 December 2018
  18. ^ "Caroline Glick joins New Right party of Shaked, Bennett". World Israel News. 2 January 2019. Retrieved 2 January 2019.
  19. ^ Raoul Wootliff (8 January 2019). "New Right announces deaf rights activist as first-ever deaf Knesset candidate". The Times of Israel. Retrieved 8 January 2019.
  20. ^ "First-ever deaf candidate for Knesset joins New Right". The Jerusalem Post. 8 January 2019. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Through secular-religious dialogue, all problems can be solved". Israel National News. 3 February 2019. Retrieved 29 July 2019.
  22. ^ Moran Azulai (20 February 2019). "סופית: זו רשימת הימין החדש שהגישה שקד". ynet (in Hebrew). Retrieved 20 February 2019.

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