Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's brother-in-law, Dr. Hagai Ben-Artzi, believes that the decline in the polls of the Jewish Home party is not accidental, he told Arutz Sheva Wednesday.
"I would give advice to the Jewish Home; in recent weeks they broadcast bluntly they do not believe the prime minister," he noted. "Netanyahu says continuously and consistently that he will include Jewish Home in the coalition; he has learned his mistakes [from previous elections]. And for this reason, I do not like so much what they have been stating publicly recently, that they do not believe he will include them in the government."
"This line is a problem, and it's better for them to publish a different line: that we do believe the prime minister, but it would be great if we can have more influence," he added.
Ben-Artzi further opined that Jewish Home should declare that they want the defense portfolio.
"The Defense Minister is actually the prime minister of Judea and Samaria, and is the manager over the Civil Administration, which is the sovereign power there," he stated. "What is important for Religious Zionism is the settlement movement, and so if we win the defense portfolio we can revolutionize the current situation."
"All of the defense ministers, including Bogie [Moshe Ya'alon – ed.] disappointed the religious community and therefore it's natural to want this portfolio," he added. "To get it, we will have to be larger than we were last year." Recent polls suggest that Jewish Home will garner 12 seats in the Knesset, the same number as the 19th Knesset.
Ben Artzi think the visits of Netanyahu to holy sites, including the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, are positive.
"Now, he projects that he wants to go the other way [in contrast to the 2013 elections – ed.] and ally with the Jewish Home, and he sees the religious Zionist movement as a major partner, and it should welcome him," he said. "[Netanyahu] should gladly visit Judea and Samaria, and [leaders] should encourage him to visit the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron, and not to look a gift horse in the mouth."